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  • Knighthoods for Nobel-winning Graphene Pioneers

    Two Nobel laureates funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), involved in the creation and isolation of graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, have received British knighthoods from the Queen of England. Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, from the University of Manchester, Great Britain, won the 2010
  • AFOSR Awards Grants to 48 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will award approximately $18 million in grants to 48 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received
  • Graphene: Impressive Capabilities on the Horizon

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), along with other funding agencies, helped a Rice University research team make graphene suitable for a variety of organic chemistry applications--especially the promise of advanced chemical sensors, nanoscale electronic circuits and metamaterials. Ever since the University of Manchester's Andre
  • Transparent Material Breakthrough: One of Time Magazines Best Inventions of 2011

    A program co-funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) was chosen by Time Magazine for its List of Best Inventions of 2011. Drs Ali Aliev, Yuri Gartstein and Ray Baughman, of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), have succeeded in producing what is technically referred to as the "mirage effect from thermally modulated
  • Micro-Cavity Arrays: Lighting the Way to the Future

    It was not too long ago that basic science lectures began with the three forms of matter: gases, liquids and solids--and somewhere along the line plasmas were occasionally added to the list. But to be precise, a plasma is an ionized gas; thus, a subset of the big three. But this subset has coexisted with the other forms since the Big Bang and
  • AFOSR Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Invited Speaker Sir John Pendry

    AFOSR-funded researcher, Sir John Pendry spoke to a crowd of over 200 at the Air Force Institute of Technology's (AFIT) Kenney Hall Auditorium Monday as part of AFIT's regular speaker series and in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Pendry is well known as a condensed matter theorist and as the Chair
  • Air Force hosts noted physicist at anniversary celebration

    On Oct. 26, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Va., hosted a presentation by noted physicist Dr. Robert L. Byer from Stanford University. Dr. Byer's presentation was the first of several activities planned throughout the coming year as part of AFOSR's 60th anniversary celebration. In keeping with the AFOSR's anniversary
  • Flying on the Wings of Laureates

    The United States Air Force has a lot more in common with the Nobel awards than most people realize.One of the most highly coveted and recognized awards, the Nobel Prize recognizes those who contribute significant achievements in the areas of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace, and the economic sciences. Beginning in
  • High-tech Scanning: AFOSR STTR Results in Unique Terahertz Parametric Oscillator

    An AFOSR-funded program at Microtech Instruments has resulted in a uniquely capable terahertz source. The Terahertz Parametric Oscillator (TPO-1500), averages up to 0.1 mW of power, but significantly, its central 1.5 THz wavelength, combined with a spectral width of 100 GHz, makes it perfectly suited to carry out terahertz imaging.At its most
  • Painting at the Atomic Level

    We are all familiar with what is required to paint a room: paint rollers, brushes, drop cloths, etc. But have you given thought to what is required to paint at the atomic level--a layer of "paint" that is one atom thick? That is what Steven M. George, a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, does.