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Program Highlights for year 2012

A Better Type of Computer Memory Demonstrated

Newly discovered “giant” spin Hall effect enables simple and efficient magnetic memory

Visualizing the intricate electron pairing in iron-based superconductors

Correlated motion provides new clues to the magnetic origin of high-temperature superconductivity

Superconducting wires conduct electricity perfectly — without any energy losses — because

FRG-2 – Using Weakly Spin-Coupled Polaron Pair States for a Calibration Free Absolute Magnetometry

Objective: A precise absolute magnetometer based on organic spintronics that is scalable to micron dimensions, has low cost and that is not adversely affected by environmental influences (temperature, air etc.).

Liquid Metal-Based Plasmonics

Objective: To develop and characterize new plasmonic metamaterials in the terahertz (THz) spectral range.

Approach: Explore unconventional materials that are typically not suitable for plasmonics applications at optical frequencies but exhibit reasonable conductivities at THz frequencies.

Seed Project: The Dynamics of Organic Magneto-resistance (OMAR)

Objective: To study the dynamics of magneto-resistance in organic diodes

Approach: Measure electronic transport and magneto-transport of organic diodes as a function of frequency with an applied magnetic field using admittance spectroscopy

JELL-O OPTICS ACTIVITY

 

MRSEC outreach activities coordinate with Utah Core Curriculum Standards. These sixth-graders are studying the properties of light in their classroom.

The Adelante program seeks to increase the expectation of university attendance and success among Hispanic students at Jackson Elementary.

Participants:

Graphene Sensing of Biomolecules and Chemical Environment

 

  Fluidic chamber placed on top of

  graphene sensor to exchange fluid

  and hence protein or chemical

  concentration during a measurement.

International Collaboration in Soft Matter Research and Training

The Triangle MRSEC enjoys a vibrant ongoing partnership with German researchers supported through an International Graduate Research and Training Grant (IGRTG) from the DFG. A significant component of this partnership is extended graduate student exchanges.

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