- Category: Department News
- Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 09:55
University of Maryland researchers have created a completely new way to produce high quality semiconductor materials critical for advanced microelectronics and nanotechnology. Published in the March 26 issue of Science, their research is a fundamental step forward in nanomaterials science that could lead to significant advances in computer chips, photovoltaic cells, biomarkers and other applications, according to the authors and other experts.
Led by Min Ouyang, an assistant professor in the department of physics, the University of Maryland team has created a process that uses chemical thermodynamics to produce a broad range of different combination materials, each with a shell of structurally perfect mono-crystal semiconductor around a metal core.
Jonhpierre Paglione's research group has shown yet another manner by which the ubiquitous superconducting state in the intermetallic '122' iron-arsenide materials can be stabilized.
The University of Maryland QuarkNet Science Education Center will host a Particle Physics Masterclass for area high school students, on Wednesday, February 24. Maryland is one of 23 QuarkNet sites hosting a Masterclass, which will give students a chance to deal directly with sophisticated physics data involved in critical research at the CERN collider in Europe.
The Masterclass students will work with particle physicists to analyze measurements from the Large Electron Positron Collider, the predecessor of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in a tunnel at the French-Swiss border, to determine how the Z-boson decays into other particles. Although scientists conducted the original analysis, the high school students will actually conduct their own independent analysis.
More information about the Masterclass is available at: www.science.nd.edu/masterclass.
Contact: Kara Hoffman, (301) 405-7263