Prof. Marija Drndic is researching a technique to sequence genes by reading DNA bases as they translocate through a silicon nitride nanopore. As strands of DNA in a salt solution are driven through the pore by an applied electric field, the electric current passing through changes with the size of the base. This method could be essential for swift sequencing of genes and personalized medicine.
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.
Bio-optics and bio-optical materials
Prof. Alison Sweeney and her colleagues believe that the reflective structures in giant clams help them grow algae. The clams use sub-wavelength structures formed from a protein called reflectin to optimize the photosynthesis of the algae living in the clam tissues.
Recent physics research shows how spin-orbit coupling can rearrange electronic bands in a solid to make a "topological insulator" - a new quantum phase of matter with conductive surfaces even though its bulk is insulating. Penn physicists Professor Charlie Kane and Professor Gene Mele pioneered the theoretical discovery of such materials in 2005.
The Women in Physics group hosted the widely successful
event held in University of Pennsylvania's, Houston Hall which
featured Professor Mildred Dressselhaus of MIT as its key speaker.
Dresselhaus, the first female institute Professor at MIT partnered
with the WIP group with the goal of inspiring other women to
pursue a career in Physics and to seek out female Physics mentors.
By sharing her moving story on her career in physics which spans
over 50 years, the Women in Physics group are that much closer to
closing the gap in a male dominated field.
The inaugural Women in Physics public lecture was featured in the DP. Click here for the full article.
From smart lighting, mobile connectivity and underwater
communications, to aviation, defense and security, the countless applications
of light have revolutionized society. Explore some of the newest ways in which
light is becoming an indispensable part of our lives. Professors Ravi Sheth and Arjun Yodh lectured about light at the "Why Light Matters"
event at the Franklin Institute Oct. 27. To see their talks and the full
program, go to https://vimeo.com/144246522.