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Probing Graphene Electronic Devices with Atomic Scale Measurements
Last Updated Date: 11/10/2015

The interest in using graphene as an electronic material arises in large part from the high speed with which electrons move through the material — … more

Designing the Nanoworld: Nanostructures, Nanodevices, and Nanooptics
Last Updated Date: 08/04/2015

Nano and atomic scale theory of the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of ultrasmall structures, such as semiconductor quantum dots and … more

Tracking Nanoparticles as Optical Indicators of Device Dynamics
Last Updated Date: 07/24/2015

Nanofabricated and microfabricated devices, ranging from nanomotors propelled by ultrasound to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), can move in … more

DNA Origami for Precise Manufacturing of Nanoscale Structures
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Over the past decade nanoscale science has produced varied and fascinating nanostructures with an extraordinary range of interesting and useful … more

Control of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Nanoscale Manipulation of Fluids and Materials (Archived)
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Scientists and engineers currently have a growing library of synthetic microscale and nanoscale swimmers which affect the hydrodynamics of their … more

Nanotribology for Nanomanufacturing (Archived)
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Tribology is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and includes studies of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and … more

Modeling and Simulation of Nanofabrication (Archived)
Last Updated Date: 07/15/2015

Most manufacturing has historically been based on top-down fabrication and assembly. With rapid advances in nanotechnology, there is increasing … more

Fabrication and Metrology of Novel Magnetic Tunnel Junctions in the Ultra-thin Barrier Limit
Last Updated Date: 07/07/2015

Magnetic tunnel junctions, nanostructured by highly charged ions, are being probed and characterized to establish the foundation for novel … more

Light-matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

The quantum optics of light interacting with semiconductor-based nanostructures is being studied to extend concepts of entanglement and coherence … more

Measuring the Magneto-Electronic Properties of Graphene on the Nanometer Scale
Last Updated Date: 02/02/2015

The electrons in graphene are confined to the two-dimensional atomic layer of carbon atoms that make up the material . Since graphene was first … more

Measuring Topological Insulator Surface State Properties
Last Updated Date: 10/03/2014

The transmission of information in today’s electronics requires the movement of electrical charge, which expends energy and generates heat, … more

Structure, Defects, and Scattering in Graphene
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2013

Since its discovery, graphene, a single atomic sheet of carbon atoms, has become a leading contender to be a key building-block material for … more

Theory of Transport in Graphene
Last Updated Date: 03/21/2013

Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, is one of the most likely materials to produce the next breakthrough in the electronics industry.  Ideal … more

Theory and Modeling of Materials for Renewable Energy
Last Updated Date: 07/12/2012

Renewable energy sources such as solar energy are attractive alternatives to fossil fuels because of their abundant supply and pollution-free power … more

Metrology of High Current Density Electron Field Emitters
Last Updated Date: 07/10/2012

Electron sources are ubiquitous in vacuum based electronics and are used for a variety of purposes.  These applications range from x-ray production … more

trapping erbium
A purple laser beam slows erbium atoms (the purple beam traveling right to left) emerging from an oven at 1300°C, in preparation for trapping and cooling.
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