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NSBP member, Nadya Mason, leads group to isolate bound states in graphene-superconductor junctions    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Professor Nadya Mason's group at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign has documented the first observations of some unusual physics when two prominent electric materials are connected: superconductors and graphene. Electrons in superconductors are conducted in electron-electron pairs. In normal conducting materials electrons are conducted as a stream of single electrons. But when a normal conducting material is sandwiched between two layers of a superconducting material, the electrons are conducted in via Andreev bound states (ABS), special electron-hole pairs. Mason's group was able to directly observe ABS by using graphene quantum dots as the normal conducting material, which confines the ABS energies to discrete levels. More

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Physicists solve puzzle of 'ionization surprise'
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Over 30 years of experiments and computations physicists had thought they completely understood the ionization of atoms and molecules in strong laser fields. But in 2009 there were two reports of seeming anomalous "spikes" in the photoelectron spectra when using a low energy laser. The feature was most prominent when using midinfrared laser wavelengths and was dubbed the ionization surprise. These spectra defied description using the workhorse theoretical construction of photoionization under these conditions, the so-called strong-field approximation. But a more complete description, reported in Physical Review Letters, that explicitly takes into account the Coloumb interaction between the departing electron and the resulting ion reproduces the spectra convincingly. More

Molybdenite transistors may rival graphene-based devices
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Researchers in Switzerland have made the first working transistors made from flakes of molybdenite just one molecule thick. A mixture of molybdenum and sulphur, the material is a semiconductor with direct bandgap, which means that could be better than silicon for making certain photonic devices. Indeed, the scientists believe molybdenite could even rival "wonder material" graphene in its potential for use in future electronic circuits. More

Video: Hakeem Oluseyi, The Big Bang: How do we know?
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Hakeem M. Oluseyi is an internationally recognized astrophysicist, inventor, science communicator and humanitarian. He has addressed diverse problems in astrophysics including understanding the nature of the dark energy that accelerates our universe, the origin and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy and the mechanisms by which magnetic fields heat and accelerate astrophysical plasmas. His work in technology development has included developing instruments for space-based astrophysical research and new techniques for manufacturing computer chips. Some of his current science and education projects include being a member of the development team for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. More

Scientists pleased with President Obama's 2012 budget proposal
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For the most part, federal investment in science fared well in the administration's 2012 budget proposal. In the science realm, there were more winners than losers in the comprehensive government spending proposal. National Science Foundation funding went up by 13 percent, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost 9 percent. Considering soaring federal deficits and calls for fiscal austerity, advocates for science were generally pleased. More

But the increases are articulated over fiscal year-2010 levels. The current year's budget, fiscal year-2011, is still not resolved, and the GOP is calling for deep cuts in current year appropriations, including a 14 percent cut of the Department of Energy Office of Science. More

What does the political upheaval in Egypt mean for science?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers are reported to have been prominent among the protesters. Frustrations among scientists in Egypt have been bubbling below the surface for many years. Some have focused on the lack of adequate support for high-class research in the country, where low academic salaries have forced many scientists to either dilute their energies by taking second jobs, or to join the brain drain. U.S.-based, but Egyptian-born chemistry Nobel Laureate, Ahmed Zewail, recently returned to his home country to join a group of prominent Egyptian intellectuals who are drawing up plans, including constitutional reforms, to try to engineer a peaceful transition to democracy. Hopes are that proper reforms will spread beyond Egypt and into other Mideast and African nations. More

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How Morocco faces the challenge of science literacy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Moroccans are receptive to science, but the country needs a much stronger communication and scientific literacy effort. But engaging the public with science probably means something different in Morocco than it does in more developed countries. More

Educational astronomy project awarded grant of $2.6 million
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The European Union has granted $2.6 million to support the six-country educational program EUNAWE, based on Universe Awareness (UNAWE). UNAWE is, an International Astronomical Union (IAU)-endorsed program that uses the beauty and grandeur of the universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age. UNAWE is also an integral part of the IAU Strategic Plan 2010–2020, which is called Astronomy for the Developing World. More

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Study of volcanoes in the outer solar system produces unexpected bonus for nanotechnology
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Mysterious expanding ice crystals in the moons of Saturn and Neptune may be of interest to future developers of microelectronics. Neutron scattering has discovered that methanol crystals that may be found in outer solar system 'ice lavas' have unusual expansion properties. The unexpected finding by a British planetary geologist using neutrons at the Institut Laue-Langevin and the ISIS neutron source will interest developers of 'nano-switches' — single atom thick valves used in 'micro-electronics' at the nano scale. More

'Let the sun shine': The future's bright with the African network for solar energy
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The newly created 'African Network for Solar Energy' (ANSOLE)recently met in Austria in a dynamic and fruitful second symposium that saw it make great strides in planning the next phase of its development. The network aims to foster research activities in the field of solar energy among African scientists working within Africa and those in the diaspora. In the first instance, it will connect and skill up young Africans in the solar energy field with an overarching objective of developing solar energy research capacity. The next ANSOLE meeting will take place during the 6th Africa Materials Research Society (Africa-MRS) Conference: Dec. 11-16, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, which will host a large gathering of high profile scientists and researchers. More

Physics for financial markets
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As a result of the financial crisis, many countries are trying to regulate their financial markets. The use of two fundamental mechanisms from physics, friction and noise, could provide a solution. These mechanisms can be viewed as setting boundaries to the system's self-organization, rather than impeding it. More

Turning air into a laser
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By pumping a small cylindrical volume of air with ultraviolet laser light, researchers created an oxygen laser emitting in the near-infrared with directional emission along the cylindrical axis. With further development, the system could be used for remote detection of hazardous gasses and vapor indicators of explosives. More

Free APS Physics Webinar: How to maintain a work/life balance in the current culture of physics departments
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Dr. Bonnie Fleming, associate professor of physics at Yale University, will present a webinar on how to maintain a work/life balance in the current culture of physics departments. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Kawtar Hafidi, scientist at Argonne National Lab. The webinar is 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST Feb. 22. More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
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Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship in PHYSICS
Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship in PHYSICS
Undergraduate Researchers
Lehigh University REU Program in Physics
Student Researcher
REU Participant
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REU Astronomy Intern
Summer Program in Molecular Biophysics
Undergraduate Summer Mathematics Research
REU Student
Summer REU
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Biological Engineering REU Program Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Summer Student/Minority Fellowship
Cornell Astronomy Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Summer Student researcher
Summer REU Intern
Undergraduate research assistant
Summer Intern
Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Lasers, Optics and Optical Materials
Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean REU
Global Change and its Impacts at University of Texas at Austin
Bard College Summer Research in Mathematics & Computation

One application, unlimited opportunities
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NSBP's GradApps and REUApps services allow students to upload full graduate school and REU application profiles including academic history, transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Graduate and REU programs around the world subscribe to this database and can contact prospective students for campus visit invitations, or an offer of admissions and financial aid.

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Featured REU opportunity: Space Astronomy Summer Program at Space Telescope Science Institute
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The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and for the future James Webb Space Telescope. The Space Astronomy Summer Program runs 10 weeks, from mid-June to mid-August, and is designed for upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in space astronomy. Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing and preparing data for public releases. The program affords students the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes. More

Latest research from Biomedical Optics Express
Biomedical Optics Express    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Simulating human photoreceptor optics using a liquid-filled photonic crystal fiber

Assessment of the frequency-domain multi-distance method to evaluate the brain optical properties: Monte Carlo simulations from neonate to adult

Diffuse optical cortical mapping using the boundary element method

Applanation-free femtosecond laser processing of the cornea

Nanometer-scale optical imaging of collagen fibers using gold nanoparticles

Click here to read more from Biomedical Optics Express.

Latest research from IOP Journal
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Biophysics of selectin–ligand interactions in inflammation and cancer

Life and death in biophysics

Single-cell bioelectrical impedance platform for monitoring cellular response to drug treatment

Cell cycle-dependent alteration in NAC1 nuclear body dynamics and morphology

Toward an Ising model of cancer and beyond

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