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Professor Nikolaos Katopodes receives honorary doctorate from the University of Thessaly

Professor Katopodes received an honorary doctorate from the University of Thessaly in Greece in late January.| Short Read

He was presented with a plaque that states: “For lifelong contributions to environmental fluid mechanics.” Katopodes says, “This recognition from a Greek university means a lot to me because there is nothing more difficult than being accepted by your peers back home. Since you cannot receive an honorary degree from your Alma Mater, you must have a very broad base of support. This was a big surprise to me, because I have been away from Greece for many years, and a great honor at the same time.” At the ceremony, Katopodes presented a lecture on the impact of climate and watershed changes on river and estuarine bed morphology.

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