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Michigan Aero improves flight stability at America’s Cup

The University of Michigan and ORACLE TEAM USA are collaborating on controlling the flight of racing yachts.| Short Read

The University of Michigan and ORACLE TEAM USA are collaborating on controlling the flight of racing yachts. ORACLE TEAM USA is Defender of the 35th America’s Cup – the oldest trophy in international sport. For the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, the teams will be match racing foiling yachts. These boats are catamarans that use their daggerboards and rudders as wings to lift the hulls off the water, greatly increasing their speed. A key element to winning races is to maintain stable foiling. Ricardo Bencatel, Assoc. Prof. Anouck Girard and Prof. Ilya Kolmanovsky, from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, are using their expertise and working together with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team to develop advanced flight controllers to improve “flight stability” of the boats.”

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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