Newsletter, April 2016

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    April 2016
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    Research Highlight: Jagadeesh S. Moodera
    Laying a foundation for quantum electronics 

    MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera stands in front of a custom-built cluster molecular beam epitaxy _MBE_ system used to fabricate ultra thin films. He studies  devices that exhibit resistance-free_ spin-polarized current.
    MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera at a custom-built cluster molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system.
    A pioneer in the field of spin-polarized magnetic tunnel junctions, which led to a thousand-fold increase in hard disk storage capacity, MIT Physics Department Senior Research Scientist Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera is using his expertise working with atomically thin materials to lay a step-by-step foundation for a new generation of quantum computers.
    Moodera's group is making progress toward devices that display resistance-free, spin-polarized electrical current; memory storage at the level of single molecules; and capturing the elusive paired electron "halves" known as Majorana fermions, which are sought after as qubits for quantum computing.  
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    Achieving zero resistance in energy flow
    MIT Postdoc Cui-Zu Chang makes spintronic breakthrough in Moodera group.
    Postdoctoral Associate Cui-Zu Chang works at molecular beam epitaxy _MBE_ equipment. Photo_ Denis Paiste_ Materials Processing Center
    Postdoctoral Associate Cui-Zu Chang works at molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment.
    Laptop computer users operating their devices on their laps will be familiar with the heat they generate which is caused by electrical resistance that converts waste energy to heat. Scientists dream of creating electronic devices with little or no resistance to the flow of electricity, in order to reduce heat output, save energy, and extend device capabilities. 
    MIT Postdoctoral Associate Cui-Zu Chang and colleagues in the group of Dr. Jagadeesh Moodera, along with collaborators from Penn State, Stanford and Northeastern Universities, achieved near dissipationless electron transport in a topological insulator system that draws its inherent magnetism from vanadium. Read more
    A new spin on circuits 
    Researchers create edge currents in graphene, superconductivity in gold, in march toward quantum devices.
    Ferhat Katmis (left), at molecular beam epitaxy cluster, and Peng Wei, at scanning electron microscope.
    Ferhat Katmis (left), at molecular beam epitaxy cluster, and Peng Wei, at scanning electron microscope.
    Postdoctoral Associates Peng Wei, Ferhat Katmis and Cui-Zu Chang are exploring electron "spin" in materials just a few atoms thick to create electronic systems that eliminate heating problems and distance limits.
    The researchers showed that layered, thin films of europium sulfide and graphene produces novel ground states in graphene that carry spin-polarized edge currents, which are potentially useful for spin-based memory and computing devices. At their interface, graphene can "feel" the huge internal exchange field or "quantum magnetic field" from the europium sulfide, Wei explains.   Read more 
    In Other News
    Children have a blast in the MIT wind tunnel. Photo, Ian MacLellan
    A sample of pulverized coal (right) is shown with several test devices made from coal by the MIT researchers.
    Katharina Ribbeck (left) and Jesse Thaler. Photos, Ribbeck (Ryuji Suzuki) and Thaler (Department of Physics)
    40,000 take a peek "Under the Dome"
    From major facilities and centers to out-of-the-way labs and classrooms, MIT opened its doors to the public.
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    Making electronics out
    of coal
    Instead of burning up this complex hydrocarbon, let's make devices from it, says Jeffrey Grossman.
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    Biobarrier explorer and dark matter theorist win MIT faculty award
    Katharina Ribbeck and Jesse Thaler named recipients of the Harold E. Edgerton Award.
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