The Michigan Engineer News Center

Openloop Pod: Shipping to testing weekend

Watch as the team prepares the pod for shipping to SpaceX HQ for the hyperloop competition’s testing weekend.| Short Read

Openloop at Michigan started as an idea meant to revolutionize hyperloop transportation through participation in the SpaceX-sponsored hyperloop competition. They joined forces with five other universities across North America, and have advanced through design weekend to the final competition in Los Angeles coming up in January ‘17. Here at Michigan, the team has focused on designing the fuselage component of the pod. Watch as the team prepares the pod for shipping to SpaceX HQ for the hyperloop competition’s testing weekend.

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