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James K. Wight receives Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research

Professor James K. Wight received the Siess Award during the ACI Spring Convention in San Antonio.| Short Read

Professor Wight was selected to receive the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research based on his co-authored paper that presented a theoretical approach to predict the shear strength of steel fiber reinforced concrete beams without web reinforcement. This paper was selected as the best paper to appear in the ACI Structural Journal during the last calendar year. This is the second time Professor Wight has received this “best journal paper” award.

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