MSE Colloquium - Dr. Harold Weinstock
Date: March 23, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Room 214, S. W. Mudd
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About AFOSR* and Quantum Electronic Solids

Dr. Harold Weinstock

PhD, DHC, Fellow: APS, AFRL, IEEE Program Manager

Physics and Electronics, AFOSR


This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the role of AFOSR in serving the long-term interests of the US Air Force. The bulk of the presentation will describe some of the cutting-edge fundamental science supported by the program titled Quantum Electronic Solids. This program embraces 3 primary areas: superconductivity, metamaterials and nanoelectronics. The superconductivity segment has recently undergone a transition from trying to improve the electronic properties of copper-oxide superconductors to the world's largest effort to discover new, more-useful superconductors, with an annual budget of over $6.5M. As one of the first programs to invest in metamaterials, AFOSR supports research that has led to metamaterials that have unique properties such as sub-wavelength imaging in the near field, more compact lenses over a range of frequencies, one-way antennas and optical routers. Under nanoelectronics, much of the program focuses on carbon nanotubes, graphene and spintronics involving N-V centers in diamond films and more recently, defect centers in SiC.


*AFOSR stands for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It is the sole source of basic research funding within the US Air Force.