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Professor Clack explores research in Indonesia

Research Associate Professor Herek Clack is one of three U-M faculty members who participated in the first major initiative of the United States-Indonesia Partnership Program (USIPP).| Short Read

USIPP is a binational group of twelve colleges and universities committed to advancing academic collaboration between the United States and Indonesia.

The workshop provided a platform for the scholars to engage in discussion with Indonesian faculty members and with cross-disciplinary and cross-regional research interest groups. Participating faculty reported that the most valuable aspect of this workshop was the opportunity to meet face to face with experts in different fields.

“More so than any other similar activity that I’ve experienced,” Clack told the U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies, “the workshop brought together more of the important components needed to develop a new, collaborative applied research project: diverse people, backgrounds, and ideas; compelling real-world challenges on a regional scale; and the right complement of eagerness to work together on the part of the participants.”

Despite the geographical distance of Indonesia and the initial investment of time and energy to learn about the country, the participating faculty agreed that research in Indonesia is promising.

To read more about this research, please visit the U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies site.

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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