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Solomon receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Michael J. Solomon was presented with the Chemical Engineering Department's Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013.| Short Read

Michael J. Solomon was presented with the Chemical Engineering Department’s Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013.  Solomon has consistently been one of the top performers in the Department.  He has been recognized with numerous awards including a 1938E Award from the College, a Henry Russel Award from the University, and a Soft Matter Lectureship from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Journal of Soft Matter.  He has excelled equally in research and teaching, and this past year he was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at Rackham.

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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