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Ellen Arruda, ME professor, created a specialized batting glove for athlete Ako Thomas so that he could return to play without serious pain.| Medium Read
IMAGE:  U-M infielder Ako Thomas attempts a bunt during a June 3 game against the University of North Carolina. Photo: Michigan Athletics

Ako Thomas felt a sharp pain shoot through his hand as he swung at an outside pitch.

The University of Michigan infielder ignored the discomfort and advanced to first base.

But Thomas’ hand soon began to swell, so he left the field.

A CT Scan later revealed a broken bone in his hand, and Thomas had surgery a couple days later. His season was in jeopardy.

Enter Ellen Arruda. The Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who is developing a football helmet to better protect athletes from concussion, created a specialized batting glove for Thomas so that he could return to play without serious pain.

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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