The Michigan Engineer News Center

Professor Athanasopoulos-Zekkos selected for Excellence in Teaching Award

Associate Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos has been selected to receive the 2016 Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Great Lakes District.| Short Read

This award recognizes dedication to teaching in the civil engineering profession. The Great Lakes District is comprised of universities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana – including Purdue University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, the University of Notre Dame and more.

Those who receive this award are considered in the selection of the James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award.

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