The Michigan Engineer News Center

Monica Higgins selected to receive Walter J. Weber, Jr. Award in Environmental and Energy Sustainability

CEE graduate student, Monica Higgins, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Walter J. Weber, Jr. Award in Environmental and Energy Sustainability.| Short Read

The award honors students who have made “significant research contributions in the area of environmental and/or energy sustainability”. Monica was selected from five very strong nominations from four different departments within the college. Please join us in congratulating Monica on this achievement!

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