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Nanostructure Fabrication and Metrology
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Single photons are the fundamental particles for all optical measurements. Single photon detectors made from avalanche photodiodes or … more

Optoelectrical Characterization of Nanostructured Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Photovoltaics technology is usually categorized into three generations: 1) devices based on polysilicon; 2) devices based on thin-film direct … more

Nanoscale Functional and Structural Characterization of Thin-Film Inorganic Solar Cells
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Large-scale implementation of solar power generation requires photovoltaic (PV) devices with efficiency-to-cost ratios better than existing … more

Super-resolution Optical Microscopy
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

As the electronics and data storage industries build devices on ever decreasing scales, they need advanced imaging techniques that allow them to … more

Metrology and Synthesis of 3D Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 03/20/2014

Nanostructures are a critical component of innovations in electronics, energy conservation, renewable energy, biomedical research, and health … more

Advanced Materials Metrology
Last Updated Date: 02/07/2014

In this project we measure the fundamental electrical properties of materials from bulk to nanoscale from 1 MHz to 0.3 THz. Understanding the … more

Electronic Transport in Nanoscale Organic/Inorganic Devices
Last Updated Date: 09/23/2013

Organic materials (multi-carbon compounds) are amenable to almost Lego©-like tinkering with their structure and composition, and can exhibit a … more

µMAG: Micromagnetic Modeling Activity Group
Last Updated Date: 07/23/2013

Micromagnetics concerns the patterns of magnetization that arise in materials on the scale of nanometers.  Understanding these structures is key … more

Validation: Coevolved Experimentation and Computation at the Nanoscale
Last Updated Date: 07/18/2013

The increased speed and increased size of datasets implemented in modern computational systems has enabled the size scale of models of materials … more

Strain Mapping and Simulation
Last Updated Date: 07/18/2013

We employ combined measurement and modeling to enhance understanding and capability of nanoscale strain-mapping via super-resolution confocal … more

Strain fields and phase distribution maps of indented Si
Last Updated Date: 07/16/2013

In Raman-spectroscopy enhanced IIT, an indentation device that is coupled with a Raman microscope to conduct in situ spectroscopic and optical … more

Frequency Conversion Interfaces for Photonic Quantum Systems
Last Updated Date: 07/02/2013

Optical frequency conversion, in which the color of light is changed, is a process that has numerous applications in physics and technology.  For … more

Electron Microscopy of Carbon Nanotube Composites
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2013

Carbon nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene have an extraordinary combination of mechanical, electronic and thermal … more

In Situ Characterization of Nanoscale Gas-Solid Interactions by TEM
Last Updated Date: 06/28/2013

Observing and measuring the dynamic changes that take place at the nanometer scale during the synthesis and operation of active nanostructures is … more

Nanoplasmonics and Three-Dimensional Plasmonic Metamaterials
Last Updated Date: 06/28/2013

Metamaterials are tailor-made photonic composites--combinations of materials designed to achieve optical properties not seen in nature. The … more

Scanning electron microscope image of typical titania nanotubes for a photocatalytic cell to produce hydrogen gas from water.
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