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James K. Wight selected to receive the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Professor James K. Wight has been selected to receive the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. | Short Read

The Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award is “to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors of doctoral students, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies has established the Graduate Mentoring Awards for tenured faculty from any discipline.” Professor Wight has a long and distinguished record of mentoring graduate students. Twenty-nine students have completed their doctoral degrees under his mentorship and seventeen of them have gone on to academic careers either in the U.S. or in their home countries. Many of his students, including those in non-academic positions, have already established themselves as leaders in their technical areas of expertise. The Rackham School of Graduate Studies gives between five and six awards annually campus-wide. Professor Wight is the first CEE recipient of this award since its inception. Professor Wight will be presented with the award at a public ceremony on April 17, 2009 in the Rackham Amphitheatre beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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