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Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos selected for an NSF Fellow

CEE Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos was selected as an NSF Fellow for the NEES ENHANCE Program. | Short Read

CEE Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos was selected as an NSF Fellow for the NEES (Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations) ENHANCE Program. ENHANCE is an NSF-supported collaborative effort to “Enhance the Career of Female Faculty in Earthquake Engineering Research” through mentoring, empowering, supporting, promoting and networking (nationally and internationally). This effort consists of one-on-one mentoring of US junior female (tenure-track and research) faculty via workshops, writing activities and personal advising, and the creation of an international community of female faculty in earthquake engineering through the establishment of this group.

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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