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CEE Students awarded prizes at Engineering Graduate Symposium

CEE PhD candidate Ravi Ranade wins one of three prizes in the Outstanding PhD Research competition.| Short Read

Ravi Ranade (advised by Victor Li) wins one of three Richard and Eleanor Towner Prizes for Outstanding PhD Research. The Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research is a college-level competition across departments for Ph.D. graduate students who are within one and one-half years of degree completion. Innovative research demonstrating a keen sense of creativity and inventiveness are the key criteria for the award.

Jenahvive Morgan (advised by Aline Cotel), Motohiro Ohno (advised by Victor Li), and Devki Desai (co-advised by Victor Li and Jerry Lynch) win first, second, and third place, respectively in the Engineering Graduate Symposium poster competition.

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