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Li team tracks tiny particle movement through pipes

Yusong Li, and colleague Jae Sung Park, are working on a three-year, $418,120 National Science Foundation grant to learn how small particles – some less than 10 microns – better move through confined fluid flows in transport systems, such as pipes. The study looks to determine better ways for energy and environmental sectors to achieve greater efficiency at mitigating contamination or providing cheaper fuel. (8/24/22)

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NSF Funds NV Quantum Sensing Capabilities for NCMN Attocube System

Acquisition of optical access in a cryogenic scanning probe microscope for quantum sensing capabilities." This instrument will leverage the existing scanning probe microscopy capabilities we have at NCMN and add the first commercial quantum sensing device to the set of characterization facilities at NCMN. There are only a few instruments of this kind available throughout the country. Christian Binek is the PI, and Xia Hong, Abdelghani Laraoui, and Xiaoshan Xu are Co-PI's.
We can’t wait to set the system up and see it producing scientific results. (8/18/22)

Xiaoshan Xu (left) Evgeny Tsymbal (center), and Alexei Gruverman (right).
Team achieves ‘significant breakthrough’ in data-encoding material

Bucking years of conventional wisdom, Husker researchers have shown that hafniumm oxide's most technologically appealing property can emerge from unexpected conditions. In a new Nature Materials study, a team led by Nebraska’s Xiaoshan Xu, Evgeny Tsymbal and Alexei Gruverman has demonstrated that growing a higher-quality, larger-grained crystal of hafnium oxide can actually generate higher polarization and potentially more reliable ferroelectricity. The quality of the crystal, meanwhile, is offering sharper insights into how and why that ferroelectricity occurs. (7/11/22)