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Climate Change And Hurricane Preparedness; Highlight of Professor Wright’s research

CEE Professor Steven Wright's video explains how risk assessment approach looks backward. | Short Read

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Steven Wright, who studies coastal hydraulics, explains how our risk assessment approach looks backward, rather than ahead. Terms like “100-year-flood” and the protection approach that goes with them might need to be reevaluated in a warming world where researchers predict more extreme weather events.

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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