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Thomas Frost awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

He is currently working on semiconductor lasers as part of the research group of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Thomas Frost working on a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system in the lab

Thomas Frost, a first semester PhD student in electrical engineering, received the good news that he has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his research at the University of Michigan.

Frost is a recent graduate of the department, and has already done research as part of his advisor’s group while still an undergraduate student. He is currently working on semiconductor lasers as part of the research group of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor.


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

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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