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Unlocking New Paths Toward High-Temperature Superconductors

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered that electron spin is key to understanding how cuprate superconductors can conduct electricity without loss at high temperature. Their paper describing the research behind this discovery was published on Dec. 13 in the journal Science. More>

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Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder Comments on Recent Tesla Fires on KPIX

After responding to a Tesla vehicle battery pack that caught fire, Santa Clara fire officials say they are still learning how to handle electric vehicle fires. “The heat and the fire is actually inside the cells inside the batteries, so it’s very hard to get the water and the cooling to that,” explained the Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder. Unlike a regular fire, Ceder says, it’s the chemicals inside the batteries that are producing the heat in these cases. More>

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Eli Yablonovitch Wins 2019 Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering

Berkeley Lab materials scientist Eli Yablonovitch is the recipient of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. He was honored “for widely used scientific improvements to radio- and light-based technologies in wireless communications and solar energy applications.” The Franklin Institute awards have celebrated breakthroughs in science and technology since the Philadelphia science center was founded in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1824. More>

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A Quantum Leap in Microelectronics

In collaboration with scientists at Intel Corp., Berkeley Lab scientist Ramamoorthy Ramesh proposes a new memory in logic device for replacing or augmenting conventional transistors. Ramesh leads a major Lab research initiative called “Beyond Moore’s Law,” which aims to develop next-generation microelectronics and computing architectures. More>

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Irfan Siddiqi Interviewed by NBC News Bay Area on Quantum Computing

The Lab’s Irfan Siddiqi recently appeared on NBC’s Press:Here program to discuss quantum computing and a Lab and UC Berkeley collaboration called “Berkeley Quantum.” Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by conducting basic research, fabricating and testing quantum-based devices and technologies, and educating the next generation of researchers.

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Scientists Bring Polymers Into Atomic-Scale Focus

A Berkeley Lab-led research has adapted a powerful electron-based imaging technique to obtain a first-of-its-kind image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer. The research could ultimately inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers. More>

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Lab’s Arielle Little Gives Talk on Exploring Quantum Materials on Nov. 16

Arielle Little of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division will discuss the “weird and wonderful world of quantum materials” during a talk on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scarlet City Espresso Bar, at 3960 Adeline St. in Emeryville. UC Berkeley grad student Vinay Ramasesh will give a talk on “Exploring the Physics of Black Holes With Quantum Computers“ at the same event. More>

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MSD’s Irfan Siddiqi to Lead Seminar on ‘The Dawn of Quantum Processors’ Today

Irfan Siddiqi, a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and professor in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, will give a talk on “The Dawn of Quantum Processors” on Friday, Nov. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 306 Soda Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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New Packard Fellow Leverages Time Crystals to Improve Quantum Measurement

Materials scientist Norman Yao has received a Packard Fellowship, which “allows the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.” Yao was recognized for his theoretical, numerical and experimental work to “investigate new phenomena in systems that are far from thermal equilibrium.” More>

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‘Spacesuits’ Protect Microbes Destined to Live in Space

Newly developed “spacesuits” for bacteria allow them to survive in environments that would otherwise kill them. UC Berkeley chemists — including the Lab’s Peidong Yang — have developed the protective suits to extend the bacteria’s lifespan in a unique system that pairs live bacteria with light-absorbing semiconductors to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to chemicals that can be used by industry or, someday, in space colonies. More>

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