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Incoming NERS chair and professor Todd Allen has been elected to the rank of Fellow by the American Nuclear Society

Allen was recognized for his contributions "to the advancement of nuclear science and technology through the years."| Short Read
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Allen, who will assume the Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in January, currently is a professor at the University of Wisconsin and a senior fellow at Third Way, supporting the think tank’s clean energy portfolio. He has served as deputy director for science and technology at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as well as scientific director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at INL. Program.

At Michigan, Allen’s research portfolio will include policy studies to best understand how nuclear energy can contribute to a clean 21st-century power system as well as understanding materials performance in advanced nuclear systems.

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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