A Week in Review: 10/26/14 – 11/1/14

October 30, 2014

AFOSR continues legacy of Nobel Prize-winning research
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will add four winners to its illustrious list following the Nobel Foundation’s announcements of the 2014 laureates for Physics and Chemistry on Oct. 7 and 8.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429966

October 28, 2014

Air Force takes table-top approach to quantum physics
Air Force Research Laboratory scientists can now study the mysteries of quantum physics in house and at a lower cost, thanks to a new high performance table-top quantum computing system. With funding in part from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program, cold-atom technology developer, ColdQuanta, delivered two table-top Bose Einstein Condensate (BEC) systems–one in April 2014 and the second in September 2014–to a new facility jointly operated by AFRL and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429620

A Week in Review: 8/24/14 – 8/30/14

August 26, 2014

Caverlee presented with Google Faculty Research Award
Dr. James Caverlee, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University, was chosen by the Google Faculty Research Awards Program as a recipient of financial support for his proposal in the social media category, “Modeling and Inferring Local Expertise.” This research is a collaborative effort with professor Daniel Z. Sui, chair of the geography department at The Ohio State University. http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/caverlee-presented-with-google-faculty-research-award

Aug. 25, 2014

Physics research removes outcome unpredictability of ultracold atomic reactions Findings from a physics study by a Kansas State University researcher are helping scientists accurately predict the once unpredictable. Yujun Wang, research associate with the James R. Macdonald Laboratory at Kansas State University, and Paul Julienne at the University of Maryland, looked at theoretically predicting and understanding chemical reactions that involve three atoms at ultracold temperatures. Their findings help explain the likely outcome of a chemical reaction and shed new light on mysterious quantum states. http://esciencenews.com/articles/2014/08/25/physics.research.removes.outcome.unpredictability.ultracold.atomic.reactions

A Week in Review: 12/15/13 – 12/21/13

December 16, 2013

Small Size Enhances Charge Transfer in Quantum Dots
In a study just published in the journal Chemical Communications, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and Syracuse University show that shrinking the core of a quantum dot can enhance the ability of a surrounding polymer to extract electric charges generated in the dot by the absorption of light.
http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=24487

Researchers Develop Deicing Solution Using Graphene Nanoribbons to Protect Radars
Ribbons of ultrathin graphene combined with polyurethane paint meant for cars is just right for deicing sensitive military radar domes, according to scientists at Rice University.
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=28999

December 18, 2013
Researchers show potential benefits of pinewood char as synthetic fuel source
Researchers at Purdue University have successfully tested the conversion of large particles of pinewood char in a gasification, a step necessary for the mass production of synthetic liquid fuel from recalcitrant biomass.
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q4/researchers-show-potential-benefits-of-pinewood-char-as-synthetic-fuel-source.html

UNIST research team opens graphene band-gap
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) announced a method for the mass production of boron/nitrogen co-doped graphene nanoplatelets, which led to the fabrication of a graphene-based field-effect transistor (FET) with semiconducting nature. This opens up opportunities for practical use in electronic devices.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/unio-urt121813.php

December 19, 2013

World’s First Photonic Integrated Circuit For Manipulating Atoms
The ability to manipulate atoms with photons in an integrated circuit should allow physicists to explore entirely new ways in which matter and light interact.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/522861/worlds-first-photonic-integrated-circuit-for-manipulating-atoms/

A Week in Review: 9/15/13 – 9/21/13

September 18, 2013

Beyond Quantum Simulation: JILA Physicists Create ‘Crystal’ of Spin-swapping Ultracold Gas Molecules
Physicists at JILA have created a crystal-like arrangement of ultra cold gas molecules that can swap quantum “spin” properties with nearby and distant partners. The novel structure might be used to simulate or invent new materials that derive exotic properties from quantum spin behavior, for electronics or other practical applications.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/div689/jila-091813.cfm

September 19, 2013

Air Force Support for a Metamaterial Future
Metamaterials have been in the news lately–and not only in technical journals. That is because the attributes of metamaterials are seemingly magical. When arranged just so, these extremely small manmade elements can alter the character of electromagnetic radiation in ways that no other material–either natural or manmade–can.
www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123363809

 

A Week in Review: 8/4/13 – 8/10/13

August 5, 2013

Air Force Supported Researchers Build All-Optical Switch and Transistor: The Path to All Optical Quantum Information Processing
The control of a single photon–the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation–is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123358534

The Molecular Scanner
Pitt invents the world’s smallest terahertz detector
http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/molecule-scanner

August 6, 2013

Altering organic molecules’ interaction with light
MIT Researchers discover a new platform that provides simple means to manipulate organic molecules’ emission, and may have important implications to organic light emitting devices and molecular biosensors
http://www.eurekaalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/miot-aom080613.php

August 8, 2013

JILA researchers discover atomic clock can simulate quantum magnetism
Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/08/08/jila-researchers-discover-atomic-clock-can-simulate-quantum-magnetism