Technology & engineering archive

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity July 20, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors. Experiments showed that the nanoscale plasmon sensors could detect airborne explosives at concentrations below one part per billion, a result that is much more sensitive than published results to date for other optical sensors.

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors May 1, 2014:

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have recorded the first observations of a strong nonlinear optical resonance along the edges of single layers of molybdenum disulfide. The existence of these edge states is key to the use of molybdenum disulfide in nanoelectronics, as well as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction in fuel cells, desulfurization and other chemical reactions.

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences April 29, 2014:

Mathematicians Richard Borcherds and L. Craig Evans, statistician Bin Yu, molecular biologist Richard Harland and population geneticist Montgomery Slatkin were elected this month to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), bringing to 139 the total number of NAS members at UC Berkeley.

Campus email scheduled for maintenance Saturday, April 19

Campus email scheduled for maintenance  Saturday, April 19 April 17, 2014:

Campus email services will undergo scheduled maintenance Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Users of bMail will have limited service during that time; CalMail should expect a service outage.