This image shows the valence and conduction bands in the phase transition from topological insulator to conventional insulator with increasing tensile strain.
CNT Transistor with Antibodies
Prof. Charlie Johnson's lab has produced new experiments demonstrating that carbon nanotube transistors (CNT) can detect minute quantities of biomarkers of diseases in less time than conventional methods. Antibodies attached to CNT on a silicon chip change the electrical properties of the chip upon antibody-antigen binding hence detecting disease biomarkers.
Functional Imaging in the Brain
A representation of blood flow changes in a rat brain during cortical spreading depression. In the experiment, a large local concentration of KCl initiates a 'wave' of neuronal depolarization that propagates outward from a central point and then repeats itself. The figure shows images of blood flow in four parallel planes located within 3 millimeters of the skull.
DNA-Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Chemical Sensors
The group of Professor Charlie Johnson has developed chemical sensors using single-walled carbon nanotubes wrapped with single-stranded DNA adsorbed to the nanotube's outer wall.
Blinking Semiconducting Nanorods
Several clusters of semiconducting nanorods are being illuminated by blue light. The nanorods absorb blue light, become excited and emit red light. The emission of light by individual nanorods occurs in a random fashion with the nanorod turning "on" and "off" for variable lengths of time.
Penn cosmologists, Prof. Bhuvnesh Jain and graduate student Joseph Clampitt, have, for the first time, determined the mass of dark matter along the filaments and voids of visible galaxies. The unexpected power of new, clever analysis techniques made the measurement possible much sooner than expected and shows surprising results. For an overview, see the Penn news release.
Charlie Kane, Class of 1965 Professor of Physics, is a winner of this year's Lindback Award. The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching were established in 1961 and are the highest teaching award given by the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie won for being a "fantastic lecturer" who made the most challenging course "an absolute blast".