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Austin and Blaauw Receive 2008 Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award

The award recognized research that is "at least five years old and has had significant industrial impact."| Short Read
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Profs. Todd Austin and David Blaauw received the 2008 Richard Newton Gigascale Systems Research Center (GSRC) Industrial Impact Award for “development of Razor technology.”

This same technology was recognized in 2006 with the Microprocessor Report Analyst’s Choice Award for Innovation. [Read more]

The Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award is an annual award given by the MARCO/DARPA Gigascale Systems Research Center (GSRC) that recognizes research that is “at least five years old and has had significant industrial impact.” The award honors the innovative career of the late Richard Newton, former Dean of Engineering at UC Berkeley and founding director of the GSRC center. For more information on the Gigascale Systems Research Center, visit

Todd Austin and David Blaauw
The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read