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Interview with Professor Richard Woods featured in Geostrata magazine

In an interview appearing in the July/August issue of Geostrata, Professor Emeritus Richard Woods recounts some of the highlights of his nearly 50-year career in geotechnical engineering.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Xunchang Fei, Richard Woods and Athena Gkrizi

He discusses some of his memorable engineering projects,including complications that occurred during the construction of the Tarbela Dam (the world’s largest earth-filled dam) in Pakistan and the construction of nuclear power plants in Brazil.

Woods’ interview was conducted by CEE doctoral student Athena Gkrizi and postdoctoral research fellow Xunchang Fei.

PDF of the article is available courtesy of Geostrata.

Xunchang Fei, Richard Woods and Athena Gkrizi
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