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Joaquim R.R.A. Martins elected as AIAA Fellow

Michigan Aerospace congratulates Professor Joaquim R.R.A. Martins on his election as an AIAA Fellow | Short Read
EnlargePortrait of Joaquim Martins. Photo: Laura Rudich, Michigan Engineering.
IMAGE:  Joaquim Martins. Photo: Laura Rudich, Michigan Engineering.

Professor Joaquim R.R.A. Martins has been elected AIAA Fellow. The fellowship is given to AIAA members who “have earned the respect and gratitude of the aerospace community for their dedication, creativity and contribution to better understanding our world in terms of its limits and how we can push past those boundaries.” 

Professor Martins joined the University in 2009. He leads the Multidisciplinary Optimization Laboratory, which develops methods to optimize aircraft configurations. He recently won the 2019 Best Applied Aerodynamics Paper from the AIAA and was elected fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the British professional organization analogous to the AIAA.

Portrait of Joaquim Martins. Photo: Laura Rudich, Michigan Engineering.
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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

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