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Ferrari fund supports MSE grad students

The Estate of Harry M. Ferrari (MSE '55, PhD '58) provided a gift for endowment to establish the Harry Ferrari Student Fellowship Fund. This fund will provide support to graduate students in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.| Short Read

The Estate of Harry M. Ferrari (MSE ’55, PhD ’58) provided a gift for endowment to establish the Harry Ferrari Student Fellowship Fund. This fund will provide support to graduate students in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Ferrari joined the Westinghouse Electric Atomic Power Division after receiving his doctorate degree from the U-M. At this company, he was instrumental in developing the nuclear fuel materials and designs that power nuclear plants worldwide today. As a prolific author of technical articles, Dr. Ferrari lectured around the globe and received many prestigious awards. Dr. Ferrari also founded Gamma Sports, a global manufacturer and distributor of tennis equipment, combining his interest in tennis and innovation of new materials.

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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