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Anna Michalak awarded prestigious PECASE Award

Dr. Anna Michalak was awarded the PECASE Award by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.| Short Read

Dr. Anna Michalak was awarded the prestigious PECASE Award – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The PECASE Award which recognizes the extraordinary achievements of the finest scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. Dr. Michalak’s research trademark has become the introduction of new geostatistical tools that allow one to quantify answers for environmental problems that are otherwise highly variable and hard to manage. She has used these methods to solve complex problems associated with forecasting variability in problems as different as groundwater contamination and atmospheric carbon dioxide flux modeling. Through use of these tools, Dr. Michalak is credited with transforming the state of science in how scientists and engineers approach atmospheric CO2 modeling. For additional information on Dr. Michalak’s research, please visit the U of M press release.

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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