Penn researchers including Penn physicists Marija Drndic and Jay Kikkawa have designed specialized protein molecules that organize around carbon nanotubes into an atomistically-predefined pattern. Targeted design of such self-organization is a powerful tool for engineering at the nano scale.
Supernovae from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Part of the images of all the supernovae from the 2005-2007 observing campaigns of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
MUSTANG - a Penn Radio Telescope Array
Penn,the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, have built a 3 millimeter array of 8x8 TES detectors for the Green Bank Telescope (GBT).
Extrasolar Planet Searches
Prof. Cullen Blake studies stars of late-M and L spectral types, collectively known as Ultracool Dwarfs, searching for Earth-size planets which transit the star. Telluric lines are used as a wavelength reference for radial velocity measurements at deep red and near infrared wavelengths.
A synthetic peptide candidate that can be used for single molecule electronic measurements. Single molecules can act as a functioning part of a field effect transistor device as studied in Professor Charlie Johnson's lab.
Physics alum Jessamyn Fairfield has written a feature for the March 2017 issue
of Physics World about neuromorphic electronics, novel devices whose function
mimics synaptic function. Neuromorphic features can be realized in a variety of
materials, from nanomaterials to polymers, and may enable the development of
electronic skin, novel computational paradigms, or smart neuroprosthetics.
Jessamyn is currently a professor at NUI Galway in Ireland, and did her PhD
research in the Drndic lab on semiconducting nanocrystal optoelectronics.
Physics and Astronomy graduate student, Dillon Fox, is challenged to answer the question "What is energy?" judged by a team of eleven year old scientists in training in a bid to amplify effective communication with the public. To watch Fox's Flame Challenge video entry, visit OMNIA
published in Advanced
kirigami structures will someday literally reshape our world. These
metamaterials have the unique ability to control their shape and design in
response to external stimuli. With the introduction of notches, kirigami
structures gain even more mobility and control. These enhanced kiri-kirigami
implement thermal control and light control that can be especially useful in
architecture and energy saving buildings.