The catchphrase "Bazinga!" - a zinger commonly uttered by Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a fictional theoretical physicist on the famous TV show "The Big Bang Theory" - has inspired the creation of a novel ternary compound BaZnGa by Paul C. Read more about Bazinga! Canfield group grows new ternary compound BaZnGa, inspired by "Big Bang Theory".
Iowa State University physicist Paul Canfield, who develops new materials with novel properties, has received a five-year, $1.7 million Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto, Calif.
Canfield and his research team will use the funds to further their work in the discovery of new electronic and magnetic compounds – often in single-crystal form – and the study of their electrical, magnetic and thermal properties. These scientific discoveries can lead to new technologies or products that improve the lives of people around the world.
Michael C. Tringides received the 2017 Theodore E. Madey Award from the American Vacuum Society for his excellence in internationally collaborative research.
Tringides, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory and a professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University explores how atoms move on surfaces. The process is essential in making nanotechnologies, such as computer transistors of much smaller size.
According to Tringides, a computer’s speed depends on how far the electrons have to go across transistors. Current computer transistors may have hundreds of atoms along a linear dimension. Tringides hopes his work will be used to reduce that to only two or three.
Jigang Wang, Zhe Fei, Paul C. Canfield and Costas Soukoulis are working to build a powerful instrument capable of exploring and tuning materials in ways that could help solve the world’s energy, information processing and data storage needs.
The researchers call their proposed instrument an extreme quantum terahertz nanoscope.
The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles – one of the country’s largest philanthropic organizations – recently awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant to support construction, commissioning and initial use of the nanoscope. The project will be known as the W.M. Keck Initiative in Ultrafast Quantum Microscopy of Emergent Orders.
NSF and DOE honors for Rebecca Flint
Flint, who is also a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Ames Laboratory associate, will receive a $500,000 grant for her research in stabilizing “spin liquids.” A spin liquid is a state of matter with properties that remain unorganized even at low temperatures. “We live in one universe with one set of rules for protons and electrons,” Flint said, who also earned a $750,000 Early Career Award from the DOE this month. “I want to find whole new little universes.”