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Aerospace research wins best paper award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently awarded the distinction of Best Paper for the 2012 Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization conference to a UM Aerospace research team.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Gaetan Kenway (left), Professor Martins (center), Rhea Liem (right)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently awarded the distinction of Best Paper for the 2012 Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization conference to Joaquim Martins, professor of aerospace engineering at U-M, Gaetan Kenway, a post doctoral researcher in Martins’s group, and Martins’s student Rhea Liem at the University of Toronto in Canada.

The paper is titled “Multi-point, multi-mission, high-fidelity aerostructural optimization of a long-range aircraft configuration” and details an algorithm for improving airplane designs, maximizing fuel efficiency for example.

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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.

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