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Professor Lynch in Engineering 360

IHS Engineering 360 recently published an article titled, “Smart Sensors Hit the Road,” which features the research of Professor Jerry Lynch.| Short Read

The article looks at how electronic sensors are playing a role in monitoring U.S. infrastructure.

“Sustainable infrastructure comes not just from the materials but also the technology supporting it. The Laboratory for Intelligent Systems & Technologies (LIST), which is a part of the University of Michigan Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is looking at sensing, computing and actuation technologies to improve the resiliency of civil infrastructure,” the article states.

“In some instances, we can actually control or configure an infrastructure system so as to prevent it from being damaged, or, if it is damaged, to ensure that it still has functionality,” Lynch told Engineering 360.

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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