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Assistant Professor Dimitrios Zekkos Recipient of Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award

Assistant Professor Dimitrios Zekkos is the recipient of the ASCE 2010 Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award.| Short Read

Zekkos received this award for the paper published in the June 2009 issue of the ASCE Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Journal titled, “Shear Strength of Municipal Solid Waste”. The paper is authored by Jonathan D. Bray, Dimitrios Zekkos, Edward Kavazanjian Jr. George A. Athanasopoulos and Michael Riemer. The award is bestowed upon the authors of a paper worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering. For more information on Professor Zekkos’ research please visit: http://zekkos.thecivilengineer.org/index.html

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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