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Aerospace Alum’s team launches smallest cubesat to Mars

Andy Klesh, Aerospace Alum, and chief engineer, with his team accepted a 2014 challenge to build the MarCO (Mars Cube One) spacecraft, the smallest, cheapest, and quickest built spacecraft for a mission to Mars. On May 5, the MarCO hitched a ride on an Atlas-V rocket out of Vandenburg Air Force Base. It deployed 90 minutes after launch to begin a risky, independent, 6.5 month, 158,000,000 km journey to Mars. Arrival time is November 26th, 2018. Read more about this Launch to Mars!
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