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Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos awarded Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award

Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos was awarded the Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award by the ADVANCE program at the University of Michigan. | Short Read

Athanasopoulos-Zekkos received the award for her research proposal on “Seismic Isolation of Earth Retaining Structures using EPS Geofoam”.

ADVANCE at the University of Michigan awards the Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Fund to help meet career-relevant needs of individual instructional, research, and clinical track faculty in science and engineering if meeting those needs will help increase the retention or promotion of women scientists and engineers. Congratulations to Professor Athanasopoulos-Zekkos!

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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