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Duncan Steel Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, 2nd edition

Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, published by Elsevier. Topics covered include classical and quantum optics, lasers, optical fibers and optical fiber systems, optical materials and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics   Steel, Duncan   

Precise pulses explore light's magnetism

A new laser will investigate an unusual magnetic effect that may lead to efficient solar energy harvesting. The new laser facility is housed in the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), directed by Prof. Stephen Rand. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics   Optics and Photonics   Power and Energy   Rand, Stephen   

Doubling the power of the world's most intense laser

The most intense laser in the world is about to get a power upgrade with $2 million from the National Science Foundation. With more laser energy to focus, researchers at the University of Michigan and collaborators from around the world can make better tabletop devices that produce particle and X-ray beams for medical and national security applications and also explore mysteries in astrophysics and the quantum realm [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics   Maksimchuk, Anatoly   Nees, John A.   Optics and Photonics   Willingale, Louise   

John Nees Elected OSA Fellow for his Work with Ultrafast Lasers

John Nees has been elected Fellow of OSA, the Optical Society, "for contributions to the development of short pulse high rep rate laser technology as well as to the science of high intensity short pulse laser interactions with matter." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Nees, John A.   Optics and Photonics   

Almantas Galvanauskas Elected OSA Fellow for his Work with Fiber Lasers

Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas has been elected Fellow of OSA, the Optical Society, "for contributions to the science and technology of high power fiber lasers, novel fiber structures, nonlinear interactions in fibers and fiber lasers, and fiber laser beam combining." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas   Optics and Photonics   

Zetian Mi Elected OSA Fellow for his Work with Full-color LEDs and More

Prof. Zetian Mi has been elected Fellow of OSA, the Optical Society, "for contributions to the development of high performance III-nitride nanowire photonic devices, including full-color light emitting diodes, electrically injected ultraviolet lasers, and artificial solar fuel technology." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian   Optics and Photonics   

Seeing through materials with visible light

With yogurt and crushed glass, Prof. Raj Nadakuditi's group have taken a step toward using visible light to image inside the body. Their method for focusing light through these materials is much faster and simpler than today's dominant approach. By understanding exactly how a patch of skin scatters the light, researchers hope to carefully pattern light beams so that they focus inside the bodya first step toward seeing into it. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   Lasers and Optics   Medical Imaging   Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao   Norris, Theodore B.   

U-M Optics Researchers Sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot

Professionals and researchers from across Michigan's optics industry gathered for the Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot on March 27, celebrating both the Optical Society of America's 100th anniversary and the Ann Arbor chapter's 50th. The event was sponsored in part by the Optical Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM), advised by research scientist John Nees. Prof. Aghapi Mordovanakis (BME) was also part of the planning of the event. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Nees, John A.   Optics and Photonics   

Rackham Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer

Liz is a Rackham Merit Fellow and has always been intentional about her status as a first generation college student, wanting to find whatever ways to increase her chance for success as much as possible. Liz examines magneto-electric scattering, shining high-powered lasers and controlling input light to focus on the scattered light and determine whats happening to the material, particularly exploring what makes one material better than another. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Rand, Stephen   

Parag Deotare Voted HKN Professor of the Year for ECE

Prof. Parag Deotare was named the 2016-2017 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]
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University researchers develop ultra-thin silver film to improve touch-screen technology

Prof. Jay Guo's research team succeeded in creating a tarnish-proof silver film whose properties allow for various uses such as high-tech screens. The teams paper, published last Monday, details the films versatility. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Guo, L. Jay   

Screens of the future could be made with transparent silver

Prof. Jay Guo just published new research in the journal Advanced Materials that suggests using a seven-nanometer-thick film made of silver could replace indium tin oxide as a transparent conductive surface for touch screens. Indium is growing more expensive as its use increases, so this could be a valuable alternative. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Guo, L. Jay   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Transparent silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterials

The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver that can survive air exposure has been laid down by Prof. Jay Guo, and it could change the way touchscreens and flat or flexible displays are made. It could also help improve computing power, affecting both the transfer of information within a silicon chip and the patterning of the chip itself through metamaterial superlenses. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Displays   Guo, L. Jay   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Optical Magnetism: Photons induce high levels of magnetism in optical materials

Prof. Steve Rand's group at the MURI Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO) have both observed and explained the presence of photon-induced magnetic dipole (MD) scattering (optical magnetism) in certain crystalline materials that is just as intense as ordinary Rayleigh scattering. The experiments show for the first time an alternative way of controlling magnetic properties of materials with light. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics   Rand, Stephen   

Parag Deotare Receives AFOSR Award for Research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)

Prof. Parag Deotare received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support basic scientific research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS). In this project, Prof. Deotare will investigate the interactions between exciton and mechanics, which will lead to a better understanding of exciton dynamics. This work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering   Optics and Photonics   Power and Energy   

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan   Berenson, Dmitry   Kim, Hun-Seok   Kira, Mackillo   Mahdavifar, Hessam   Mi, Zetian   Pilanci, Mert   

U-M, Yottabyte partner to accelerate data-intensive research

A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data. Prof. Eric Michielssen says it will “improve research productivity by reducing the cost and time required to create the individualized, secure computing platforms that are increasingly necessary to support scientific discovery in the age of Big Data.” [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data   Michielssen, Eric   

Real holograms are on bank cards, not starships

Holograms are more than science fiction, but the real-life technology isnt what people think it is. Most of the technologies calling themselves holographic do not produce actual holograms including the specters of Vargas Llosa, Kimmel, Modi, Tupac, and MJ, which are created via computer-generated images and high-definition video projection. A real hologram is an image that records the diffraction of laser light directed at an object, and was invented in part by EECS professor Emmett Leith in the 1960s. [Full Story]
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Solar power plant: New grant aims to cut costs

Nanotechnology could reduce the cost of the most expensive part of a solar thermal power plant by roughly 75 percent. The Department of Energy gave a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $1.4 million to develop new solar concentrators. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering   Guo, L. Jay   Power and Energy   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Sustainability and Environment   

R&D's Scientist of the Year - Starting 50 Years Ago with the Pioneer

50 years ago R&D Magazine chose its very first recipient of the prestigious Scientist of the Year Award Emmett Leith. The professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan was presented with the honor for co-inventing the three-dimensional holography, better known as the technology of laser to help create 3D photography. [Full Story]
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Steve Rand: Expanding Technical Education in India

Prof. Stephen Rand recently visited India to learn about the countrys ongoing expansion in higher education as an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Lecturer. He focused on "how India is enhancing its role as a leader in optical engineering and physics discovery in the 21st century," in an article written for the June issue of Optics and Photonics News.
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Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics   Rand, Stephen   

Arborlight Names Michael McCorquodale as CEO

ECE alum Michael McCorquodale has been named CEO of Arborlight. Co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku, Arborlight develops lighting systems that most emulate natural daylight. Dr. McCorquodale returns to Michigan from Californias Silicon Valley where he founded and led several successful firms since 2004. In 2012, Electronic Engineering Times named him Innovator of the Year. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni   Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)   

Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura Delivers Dow Distinguished Lecture (with video)

Professor Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th Wiliam Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, "Road Toward the New Light: The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting," on April 5, 2016. Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   Lasers and Optics   Norris, Theodore B.   

A better 3D camera with clear, graphene light detectors

A camera that can record 3D images and video is under development, with $1.2 million in funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The new technology makes use of the special characteristics of graphene, and is anticipated to have dramatic applications in artificial bionic eyes, industrial imaging, robotic vision, and medical imaging. Leading the research are professors Ted Norris, Zhaohui Zhong, and Jeff Fessler. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Fessler, Jeffrey   Health and Safety   Medical Imaging   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Zhong, Zhaohui   

2016 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2016 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Prof. Anthony Grbic, Dr. David Paoletti, Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Prof. Thomas F. Wenisch. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony   Rais-Zadeh, Mina   Wenisch, Thomas   

Somin Lee Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for Research in Bioplasmonics

Prof. Somin Eunice Lee received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support research that will ultimately help our basic understanding of how tissues form distinct shapes and structure to become organs, such as lungs, salivary glands, and mammary glands. This understanding will facilitate new strategies to engineer replacement tissues. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   Lee, Somin E.   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Chillin with Chewie

Are you hyped up for The Force Awakens? So is U-M Engineering to celebrate, faculty have been bringing in some familiar faces to talk Star Wars tech and get down with a holiday rap from Dean Munson. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy   Munson Jr., David C.   Nees, John A.   

ECE Spinoff Xtera Communications Sets Terms for IPO

Xtera Communications, founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam, went public in November. Xtera is a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, supporting the high growth in global demand for bandwidth. The company sells its high-capacity optical transport solutions to telecommunications service providers, content service providers, enterprises and government entities worldwide to support their deployments of long-haul terrestrial and submarine optical cable networks. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Islam, Mohammed   

Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years

A special celebration took place on November 20 that brought over 100 attendees together to commemorate the anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's foundational treatise on light and electromagnetism. Titled Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years," the event brought together students, researchers, and industry experts from around the nation to enjoy keynote talks, project demonstrations, and open discussion with a panel of experts. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Lasers and Optics   Lee, Somin E.   Optics and Photonics   Peterson, Becky (R. L.)   

Layered Graphene Beats the Heat

An international team of researchers, led by Ted Norris, Gerard A. Mourou Professor, have found that a layered form of graphene can expel heat efficiently, which is an important feature for its potential applications in building small and powerful electronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   

Glucose Monitoring with Lasers

200 million estimated people with diabetes might one day utilize laser research going on at the University of Michigan to painlessly read their glucose levels. Professor Mohammed Islam is leading the reconstruction of super continuum lasers he designed to aid the military detect the chemical composition in camouflage nets and explosives into a non-invasive tool to measure a teaspoon of glucose in the blood system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   Islam, Mohammed   Lasers and Optics   

Michigan Light Project: Shining a Light on Optics

By teaching children how to build a hologram and piezo-electric animals, members of the Michigan Light Project (MLP) are introducing the future generation to technology that is key to modern society. Capitalizing on UNESCOs designation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), the MLP seeks to provide outreach and education about the the world of optics in general, and the optics industry in Michigan specifically. The academics, industrialists, and artists involved are using this forum to demonstrate the amazing aspects of light and energy in society as well as to promote awareness that the State of Michigan is a worldwide hub of light-related industry, culture, and art. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Nees, John A.   Optics and Photonics   

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni   Islam, Mohammed   

Next generation laser plasma accelerator

Michigan is part of a multi-institution collaboration to develop key laser technology that will enable the design a high-power, ultra-short-pulse laser system which is expected to enable new low-cost, compact accelerator-based light sources for a wide variety of biological, chemical, materials science, and security applications. The technology may also lead to compact, portable TeV (tera electron volt) linear colliders, and enable the same kind of research now being conducted in conventional accelerators, such as the 17 mile Large Hadron Collider, on a table top. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas   Lasers and Optics   Optics and Photonics   

ECE Ideas Worth Spreading - TEDxUofM

TEDxUofM welcomed two speakers from ECE to its stage to "give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less." Profs. Shai Revzen and Herbert Winful spoke about their passion for their work at the sixth annual conference, themed "Constructive Interference." Prof. Winful's talk was titled "How Hidden Passions Can Connect People," and Prof. Revzen's talk was titled "Facing the Unknown, With Robots." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai   Winful, Herbert   

The Future of Solar: $1.3M to Advance Organic Photovoltaics

The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrests group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the suns energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen   Lighting and LEDs   Optics and Photonics   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Sustainability and Environment   

Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.   

Celebrating Grard Mourou: From Ultrafast to Extreme Light

An international symposium entitled From Ultrafast to Extreme Light was held June 21-22, 2014 in recognition of the 70th birthday of Grard A. Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus. Attended by over 200 participants, the symposium celebrated Prof. Mourous many contributions to optics. The symposium featured many prominent invited speakers from around the world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics   Mourou, Gerard A.   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   

New Research Program to Investigate Optical Energy Conversion

ECE is home to a new major research program that aims to provide a better understanding of phenomena driven by the magnetic field component of light. A key long-term goal of this five-year, $7.5M MURI, called the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), is to investigate the prospects for direct conversion of light to electricity without the thermodynamic losses typical of photovoltaic (solar cell) technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering   Optics and Photonics   Rand, Stephen   

New tech could lead to night vision contact lenses

The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared (IR) spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens. IR vision allows us to see in the dark, monitor blood flow, identify chemicals in the environment, and even peer under layers of paint. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   LNF   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Zhong, Zhaohui   

What are quantum computers going to do for us?

Prof. Duncan Steel, a leading expert in quantum computer technology, describes how these computers work, and what their implications are for cyber security. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Optics and Photonics   Quantum Science and Technology   Steel, Duncan   

Anatoly Maksimchuk Elected Fellow of APS

Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk, ECE Research Scientist and a leader in the High Field Science research group at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society "for major contributions to the understanding of short pulse high intensity laser-plasma interactions, in particular for innovative experimental work in electron and ion acceleration and radiation generation." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Maksimchuk, Anatoly   Optics and Photonics   

Kyu Hyun Kim Receives Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award

Kyu Hyun Kim, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, received an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition award at the 2013 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference for his work in microfluidic optomechanics. Potential applications of this research range from ultrasound mapping of a single living cell to fundamental quantum optomechanical experiments with superfluids. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   Optics and Photonics   

Nanotechnology and Progress: A Quantum Entanglement

In this brief overview of nanotechnology research in ECE, well look at how research at the nanoscale is impacting lighting, medicine, displays, electronics, information security and the far-out world of quantum computing. Our faculty are also looking into how to manufacture these devices. [Full Story]
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New laser shows what substances are made of; could be new eyes for military

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below. "For the defense and intelligence communities, this could add a new set of eyes," said Prof. Mohammed Islam. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health and Safety   Islam, Mohammed   Lasers and Optics   Optics and Photonics   

Arbor Photonics acquired by nLIGHT

Arbor Photonics, co-founded in 2007 by Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, was recently acquired by nLIGHT, a semiconductor laser maker. Prof. Galvanauskas, who will be on their technical board, "pioneered the development of a proprietary technology it calls Chirally-Coupled Core (3C)." The technology "is said to enable state-of-the-art high-power fiber lasers with peak powers of up to 100 kW." [ article] [Full Story]
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Nonlinear Optics at 50: A Symposium

As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, Michigan is proud to host a one-day symposium on October 26th which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field and showcase the current state of the art in nonlinear optics. [Full Story]
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Carmon: Nature Communications - Stimulated optomechanical excitation of surface acoustic waves in a microdevice

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Rand: Green Tech World - University of Michigan Researchers Create Solar Power without Solar Cells

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Galvanauskas: Crains Detroit Business - Arbor Photonics seeks spinoff success with more powerful lasers

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Nees-Mourou: Popular Science - Making Something From Nothing: Researchers Find That Matter Can Be Conjured from a Vacuum

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Norris: Nature Photonics - Ultrafast Rabi flopping and coherent pulse propagation in a quantum cascade laser

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Islam: Scientific American - Laser Tag

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Islam: Scientific American - Lased and Confused: Off-the-Shelf Infrared Lasers Could Ward Off Missile Attacks on Military Helicopters

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Islam: Wired - Army Turns to Lasers for Copter Defense

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Forrest: Nature Photonics-Room-temperature polariton lasing

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WIMS-CUOS: WWJ 950 - Four U-M Projects Named to NSF 'Sensational 60' List

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Carmon: Science - Putting Light's Touch to Work as Optics Meets Mechanics

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Eric Tkacyk Named Fulbright Fellow and Whitaker Scholar

Eric Tkaczyk has been awarded two prestigious fellowships to develop a portable and affordable cataract assessment technology in Estonia. [Full Story]
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Matt Tomes Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Optics

Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS. [Full Story]
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Energy and Power: Engineering Sustainable Solutions From the Macro to the Micro Levels

There is no shortage of energy being devoted to finding new and sustainable energy solutions. Even amidst the current economic challenges, the U.S. government is supporting these efforts with nearly a 50% increase in funding for energy-related research that includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, smart grid and efficient electrical transmission, green cars, and basic scientific research. [Full Story]
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Steel: Michigan scientists working on super-fast, secure computing

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Ted Norris and CUOS: Reaching New Frontiers in Ultrafast Optical Science

The province of ultrafast optical science, explored in the Center for UltrafastOptical Science (CUOS), is the generation and application of extremely short pulses of light. How fast is ultrafast? Scientists at CUOS work in femtoseconds (10-15 seconds), and even attoseconds (10-18 seconds). Lasers that can produce such ultrashort pulses of light make it is possible to investigate and even control phenomena in materials with low intensity, as well as drive novel processes using extremely high peak power. Indeed, ultrafast lasers produce the shortest controlled bursts of energy and the highest peak intensity ever produced by mankind. Researchers at CUOS build these highly remarkable lasers, and are discovering important applications for them. [Full Story]
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Karl Krushelnick Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Prof. Karl Krushelnick, professor of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, and EECS, was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. [Read more...]
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Nicole Campbell Named 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow

Nicole Campbell, the 2007 Radiation and Climate Carl Storm Research Fellow, has recently been named the 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow. Working with Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, Ms. Campbell is conducting research on a Foliage Camouflage Target(F-CaT)Identification model. The award is based on this research, as well as her climate physics research conducted at Pacific Northwest National Labs. [Read more...]
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Eric Tkacyk Receives Best Student Paper Award in Biomedical Optics

Eric Tkaczyk, PhD student in Optics and U-M Medical Student, received the Best Student Paper Award at the Biomedical Optics Symposium (BiOS) of the Photonics West 2006 Conference. Eric developed a technique to further the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The research is also applicable to other biomedical applications. [Full Story]
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Gerard A. Mourou: In Pursuit of New Directions in Science

For nearly 30 years, Professor Grard A. Mourou has pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering, and medical disciplines. Sixteen of those years have been at U-M. Mourou officially retired this past December 2004, and while taking on a new position in his native France, he maintains close ties with his friends and colleagues at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [Full Story]
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