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Selin Merdan awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

IOE PhD student Selin Merdan has been awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2018.| Short Read

Selin Merdan has been selected to receive a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2017-2018. The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Rackham Graduate School and consists of a three term stipend and other benefits and supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing.

Please join us in congratulating Selin on this award!

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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