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Peter Adriaens receives Service Excellence Award

Professor Peter Adriaens receives College of Engineering Service Excellence Award.| Short Read

This award is given annually to a faculty member for, “Demonstrated significant service contribution at the College and/or University levels, including the development of new extracurricular programs; advising student societies and student groups with major projects; program advisor; visiting high schools, junior colleges, and other groups to inform them about the College or University; contributions to the functioning of the College as exemplified by service on major committees, leadership role, and interfacing between the College and the outside communities (city, state, nation, world).” His work in creating new courses and opportunities in Entrepreneurship and CleanTech has been very successful and is clearly worthy of this recognition. Professor Adriaens will be presented the Service Excellence Award at the Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

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