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WEMU interviews Asst. Prof. Kort on methane pipeline leakage

Methane pipeline leakage could have a potentially much larger effect on global warming than carbon dioxide. | Short Read

Asst. Prof. Eric Kort was recently interviewed for WEMU’s The Green Room  program. The show was the fifth in a series on the pipelines that run under our feet, and their potential impact on our lives. Prof. Kort talked about methane pipeline leakage, which often occurs during natural gas production and pipeline transport, and could have a potentially much larger effect on global warming than carbon dioxide.

Listen to the full program here:
9 min. 22 sec.)

The Green Room radio program, with host Barbara Lucas, is a collaboration between the WEMU News Department and the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.

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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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