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Aeriel Murphy inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Materials Science & Engineering doctoral candidate is in Professor John Allison’s group.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Aeriel Murphy, a Materials Science & Engineering PhD candidate in Prof. John Allison’s group. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering

The U-M Bouchet Graduate Honor Society honors the legacy of Dr. Edward Bouchet, the first African American to complete a Ph.D. in the United States; he earned his PhD in physics at Yale University in 1876.

Murphy will be invited to travel to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with the fellow members of the 2016 class of inductees from around the country for the society’s official induction ceremony in April 2017. She will become part of a national network of scholars that are setting the pace for the central roles of diversity, excellence, and innovation in graduate education.

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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.

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