MRSEC Program Overview

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Program Highlights

January 30, 2015

Public Lecture: “How Things Work: The Nano of Computers”

In September 2014, CRISP hosted a public lecture to school children and their parents entitled “How Things Work: The Nano of Computers” by Prof. Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, which described how common electronic devices such as computers and cell phones work. The event also featured hands-on demonstrations for participants that included electronic storage, light emitting devices, deconstructed computer processors, and memory devices.

January 30, 2015

Using a single atomic layer to turn an insulator into a metal

By precisely controlling the surface composition of thin oxide films, films can be switched from a metal to an insulator. Atomic-scale control of the surface is achieved using molecular beams of atoms (the molecular beam epitaxy growth method).