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Flying robots

"Unusual" unmanned aircraft are being built at the U-M Aerospace Department, and they are breaking barriers.| Short Read

“Unusual” unmanned aircraft are being built at the U-M Aerospace Department, and they are breaking barriers. Professor Ella Atkins focuses on autonomous systems, teaching aircraft how to be more efficient or how to handle anomalies. This type of automation would be critical in accidents such as aircraft hitting birds, allowing the computers to make analysis and decisions in a much faster timeframe than humans can.

About the Professor

About the Professor: Ella Atkins is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Her research program focuses on the integration of strategic and tactical planning and optimization algorithms to enable robust, autonomous aircraft and spacecraft flight in the presence of system failures and environmental uncertainties.

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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