Dark Excitons

Excitons are electrically neutral excited states of a material consisting of a bound state of an electron and a hole.  Prof. Jay Kikkawa explores previously unseen "dark exciton" states in carbon nanotubes and shows their dependence on geometry of the nanotube.


Reflective Self-Assembling Proteins

Prof. Alison Sweeney studies the biophysical properties of reflectin - a highly reflective and self-organizing squid protein found in cephalopods like the Hawaiian Bobtail squid shown here.


Euclid Mission to Explore Dark Energy

Euclid is an ESA mission to map the geometry of the dark Universe. The mission will investigate the distance-redshift relationship and the evolution of cosmic structures.  Penn researchers are part of the Euclid science team.


Science Verification Images from DES

High resolution color image of area SPT-CL J2332-5358 from the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification stage of testing of the telescope and DECam.

Carbon Nanotube FET Sensor

Schematic of a carbon nanotube FET sensor functionalized with an antibody to a Lyme disease biomarker protein.  The insulating substrate is shown in pink.  When antigen molecules bind to the antibody, the electrical characteristics of the FET are altered.

From the lab of Prof. Charlie Johnson.