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Robert Byer wins inaugural SPIE Maiman Laser Award

Stanford's Robert Byer wins inaugural SPIE Maiman Laser Award

Congratulations to Bob Byer for the inaugural SPIE Maiman Laser Award!

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Q-FARM

Q-FARM Highlights

Q-FARM had several research and news items during the past year. In this first newsletter, we share highlights from our seminars, fellows, and visiting faculty. As we go into our second year, we hope to see you at a seminar (or two!), and stop by our website to read more news and upcoming events.

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Tony Heinz

Stanford researchers one step closer toward enabling electric cars to recharge themselves wirelessly as they drive

Engineers have demonstrated a practical way to use magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots or even drones. The technology could be scaled up to power electric cars as they drive over highways, robots on factory floors and drones hovering over rooftops.

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Tony Heinz

Optics, Photonics and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the world, patients, technicians and scientists depend on state-of-the-art molecular-analysis instruments as they fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing this disease. Optics and photonics technologies embedded in these instruments play an essential part in the story.

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Tony Heinz

Tony Heinz receives the 2020 William F. Meggers Award

Congratulations to Tony Heinz for receiving the 2020 William F. Meggers Award. The award was established in 1970 to honor William Meggers for his notable contributions to the field of spectroscopy and metrology.

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Emitter

EE Staff Awards, January '20

Congratulations to Chet Frost, Jim McVittie, Rieko Sasaki, and Suzanne Sims. They received several nominations from appreciative faculty, staff and students, praising their commitment that goes above and beyond the ordinary!

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Emitter

Stanford researchers shine light on the defects responsible for messy behavior in quantum materials

Researchers are investigating light-emitting defects in materials that may someday enable quantum-based technologies, such as quantum computers, quantum networks or engines that run on light. Once understood, these defects can become controllable features.

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Section of an accelerator-on-a-chip

Stanford researchers build a particle accelerator that fits on a chip, miniaturizing a technology that can now find new applications in research and medicine

Just as engineers once compressed some of the power of room-sized mainframes into desktop PCs, so too have Stanford researchers shown how to pack some of the punch delivered by today’s ginormous particle accelerators onto a tiny silicon chip.

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Jelena Vuckovic

Electrical engineer awarded £350,000 research grant to create revolutionary miniature on-chip laser

Electrical Engineer Jelena Vuckovic has been awarded a prestigious international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to develop an on-chip integrated pulsed laser, which will revolutionise photonic technology and the applications that require these lasers, such as medicine, optical communications, quantum computing and self-driving cars.

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 Peter B. Catrysse

Peter B. Catrysse Elected OSA Fellow

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors has elected 94 members to the society’s 2020 Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including contributions to education, research, engineering, business and the community.

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Robert Byer

Stanford physicist recalls life-changing first glimpse of a laser

Physicist Robert Byer worked on lasers when they were still just an interesting technology, never imagining their myriad modern uses or how they would affect his life.

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City skyline

Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy in Darkness

It doesn’t generate much power, but it works during the one time of day that solar cells can’t: night.

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Light Rays

Stanford researchers design a light-trapping, color-converting crystal

A recipe for creating a microscopic crystal structure that can hold two wavelengths of light at once is a step toward faster telecommunications and quantum computers.

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Quantum Microphone

Quantum microphone counts particles of sound

Stanford physicists count sound particles with quantum microphone. A device that eavesdrops on the quantum whispers of atoms could form the basis of a new type of quantum computer.

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Scientist at work

LIGO resumes gravitational wave search after upgrades

With some Stanford-led upgrades, the gravitational wave detector LIGO is back online after a year of work. It’s now more sensitive than ever to spacetime ripples and will be joined by other detectors around the world.

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Engineers at work

Q-FARM initiative to bolster quantum research at Stanford-SLAC

The newly launched Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative will build upon existing strengths in theoretical and experimental quantum science and engineering at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Engineers at work

Stanford researchers develop a rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings

A new rooftop device under development will be able to produce electricity from sunlight while also beaming heat directly into space to cool buildings.

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Benjamin Lev

Stanford researchers investigate behavior in quantum systems with a toy-inspired technique

With its suspended metallic spheres that clack back and forth, Newton’s cradle is more than a popular desktop plaything. It has taught a generation of students about conservation of momentum and energy. It is also the inspiration for an experiment Benjamin Lev, associate professor of physics and of applied physics at Stanford University, has created to study quantum systems.

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Maha Yusuf

Congratulations Maha Yusuf: Awarded the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellowship

The Schlumberger Foundation announces 178 Faculty for the Future fellowships, nurturing its community of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from developing and emerging countries.

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LIGO mirror coatings get an upgrade with new Stanford-led national collaboration

Stanford researchers are leading a national effort to improve the next generation of gravitational wave detectors by creating new and better coatings for LIGO’s mirrors.

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Sending excess heat into the sky

Stanford scientists cooled water without electricity by sending excess heat where it won’t be noticed – space.

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Big advance in wireless charging of moving electric cars

Stanford scientists have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, such as electric cars.

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Stanford researchers create new special-purpose computer

A new type of computer can solve problems that are a challenge for traditional computers.

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Stanford engineers develop a plastic clothing material that cools the skin

Researchers have engineered a low-cost plastic material that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer.

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Two Stanford professors win prestigious Kavli Prizes

Carla Shatz has won the Kavli Neuroscience Prize for her work in understanding how the brain forms the proper connections and Calvin Quate has won the Kavli Nanoscience Prize for his lead role in inventing the atomic force microscope.

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Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences | Stanford News

Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences | Stanford News

The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in original research.

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Stanford scientists celebrate technological advances that finally made gravitational wave detection possible

An international team of scientists has taken a step toward understanding the universe.

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Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

Stanford Report, November 26, 2014 Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

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Stanford engineers invent transparent coating that cools solar cells to boost efficiency

Stanford engineers have invented a transparent material that improves the efficiency of solar cells by radiating thermal energy (heat) into space.

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