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Titans of Nuclear interviews NERS faculty

Titans of Nuclear, a podcast featuring interviews with experts on nuclear energy, has interviews available with NERS professors James Duderstadt, Zhong He, Sara Pozzi and Alec Thomas| Short Read

“Titans of Nuclear is a podcast featuring interviews with experts on nuclear energy. Host, Bret Kugelmass, is a Stanford MS mechanical engineer, robotics entrepreneur, inventor of the internet-connected drone, and climate change thought leader. He has identified both a severe disconnect and steep learning curve between nuclear and tech adjacent communities as impediments to innovation, financing, and social acceptance. Seeking to bridge this gulf he is compiling an audio encyclopedia of the greatest minds in Nuclear Energy opening the field to environmental-minded technologists.”

Interview with James Duderstadt

Interview with Zhong He

Interview with Sara Pozzi

Interview with Alec Thomas

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  • James Duderstadt

    James Duderstadt

    President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan

  • Sara Pozzi

    Sara Pozzi

    Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

  • Zhong He

    Zhong He

    Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

  • Alec Thomas

    Alec Thomas

    Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

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

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