Grant: $550,000 - National Science Foundation - Aug. 28, 2009
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Award Description: Very small physical systems, where one or more dimension is reduced below 100 nanometers, often show framatically different behavior than larger objects. Though research into this nanoscale regime is very active and has already revealed new phenomena and promising new technologies, much remains unexplored. The main research goal of this Faculty Early Career Award is to use new and unique methods to explore the thermal properties on nanoscaled systems and materials. These properties provide valuable information on the electronic, vibrational and magnetic excitations in a system, but are traditionally difficult to measure. This project focuses on new micro and naomachined tools for these measurements, and will allow an important view into the behavior of these small systems that could impact areas from heat management in ever-shrinking computer chips to the velopment of new information storage technologies. Integration of education with this work is planned via three main tasks: continued use and new development of interactive teaching techniques in both introductory and advanced physics courses, hands-on education of students in the laboratory environment, and outreach to local secondary educatiors by offering an intensive lab-based summer short course.
Project Description: This NSF Career award supports integrated research and education activities centered on experimental condesed matter and nanoscale physics. Specific research topics are focused on experimental condensed matter and nanoscale physics. Specific research topics are focused on understanding heat flow in small structures, with potential relevance for applications in future nanoscale electronics and other devices. The award supports technical education of young scientists as well as potential impact on secondary educators and their students. In the first quarter activities have mostly focused on developing measurement techniques and designing experiments.
Infrastructure Description: NA
Jobs Summary: In the project to date, one graduate research assistant was retained. This is a high-value position that involves high-level and open-ended technical training that will meaningfully impact the economy in the future. The job involves a great deal of creativity in designing experiments and adapting to challendges met in the course of cutting edge research. Job skill gained are extremely valuable in a wide range of petential high-value technical fields. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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