A Week in Review: 1/8/12 to 1/14/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

January 9th
University of Arizona micro-aircraft is inspired by nature
In the back corner of an engineering building at the University of Arizona, Professor Sergey Shkarayev and his students study the mechanics of flight. At 9 p.m. on a Thursday, students are still gathered there, surrounded by circuit boards, batteries, disembodied wings. The lab even looks like a small airplane hangar — vast but windowless. This lab has earned a national reputation for constructing and flying remote control planes.


January 10th
Rheinmetall and Joint IED Defeat Organisation join Boeing, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research and the US Air Force for Directed Energy Systems 2012
The Directed Energy Systems conference will explore how High Power Microwaves (HPM) and High Energy Lasers (HEL) can be developed to become the next major development of military capability and the multitude of applications which these provide to the battlefield.


January 11th
Knighthoods for Nobel-winning graphene pioneers
Two Nobel laureates funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, involved in the creation and isolation of graphene, a sheet of carbon just 1 atom thick, have received British knighthoods from the Queen of England.


AFOSR awards grants to 48 scientists and engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced it will award approximately $18 million in grants to 48 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program.


January 13th
Magnetic actuation enables nanoscale thermal analysis: Heated nanoprobes Perform thermo-mechanical measurements using magnetic actuation

Polymer nano-films and nano-composites are used in a wide variety of applications from food packaging to sports equipment to automotive and aerospace applications. Thermal analysis is routinely used to analyze materials for these applications, but the growing trend to use nanostructured materials has made bulk techniques insufficient.



Nanoantennas Could Improve Optics, Telecom Applications
Arrays of tiny plasmonic “nanoantennas” that can precisely manipulate light could benefit optical and telecom system designers by helping create new types of powerful microscopes, lasers and computers.