The APAM Department is pleased to announce the appointments of four new faculty members: Alexander Gaeta (professor of Applied Physics and of Materials Science Engineering), Michal Lipson (professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics), Vincent Quenneville-Bélair (Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics), and Yuan Yang (assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering).
Prof. I.C. Noyan, APAM Chair, and Prof. Raimondo Betti, were featured in the Civil Engineering magazine article, "Subatomic Particles Aid Investigation of Large Bridge Components," by Laurie A. Shuster. "Researchers in diverse fields at Columbia University are shooting neutrons into bridge cables to reliably characterize their behavior when small wires inevitably break."
The BNL Newsroom recently published three articles about Prof. Simon Billinge's recent research results including the discovery of nematic charge order at a metal-insulator transition in a novel material; the first scientific result from NSLS-II published; and data science and materials genomics work.
A team of researchers led by Cev Noyan is conducting experiments at VULCAN, SNS beam line 7, as part of an ongoing study of suspension bridge cable design. Suspension bridge cables are made up of parallel wire strands bundled together. Moisture, local defects in the wire, and contaminants can cause corrosion and cracking in the wire. The team is using neutron diffraction to understand the effects of these breaks on the overall strength of the cable.
A team, lead by Simon Billinge, has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors. The finding, described in Nature Communications, establishes an unexpected connection between this new group of titanium-oxypnictide superconductors and the more familiar cuprates and iron-pnictides, providing scientists with a new family of materials from which they can gain deeper insights into the mysteries of high-temperature superconductivity.