2019 News

August 15, 2019

Researchers propose new topological phase of atomic matter hosting ‘photonic skyrmions’

The field of topology or the study of how surfaces behave in different dimensions has profoundly influenced the current understanding of matter. The prime example is the topological insulator, which conducts electricity only on the surface while being completely insulating inside the bulk. Topological insulators behave like a metal, i.e., silver on the surface, but inside, it would behave like glass. These properties are defined using the conductivity or flow of electrons depicting whether there is a highway or a road-block for their motion. One major driver of future applications for topological insulators is in the field of spin-electronic devices since these electrons spin in unison, all aligned with each other while flowing on the surface.
August 8, 2019

Purdue receives funding to investigate how electronic excitations interfere

ECE Prof. Manfra, who is also the Bill and Dee O’Brian Chair Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a professor of materials engineering, is involved in a newly announced $37 million effort by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Science to study and advance the emerging field of quantum information science.
August 2, 2019

Prof. Zubin Jacob selected for prestigious DARPA Director's Fellowship

Prof. Zubin Jacob has been awarded a prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In 2017, Jacob won the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA). Now, Jacob has been selected for the highly competitive Director’s Fellowship. The award extends his YFA research for a third year.
July 22, 2019

Infrared chemical imaging technology promises new precision cancer diagnosis

New infrared chemical imaging work involving research by BME Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng and ECE Prof. Ali Shakouri, the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center, aims to change the paradigm, allowing better microscopic studies of tissue to detect what is there and cut down on unnecessary surgeries.
July 18, 2019

Prof. Felix Xiaozhu Lin to use NSF grant to improve edge processing

A grant from the National Science Foundation will help ECE Prof. Felix Xiaozhu Lin do research into safeguarding Internet of Things (IoT) data during edge processing. Lin’s project, “CAREER: A Trustworthy and Verifiable Software Backplane for the Cloud Edge,” was awarded $477K over five years from the NSF’s Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS).
July 16, 2019

Researchers build transistor-like gate for quantum information processing – with qudits

Purdue University researchers are among the first to build a gate – what could be a quantum version of a transistor, used in today’s computers for processing information – with qudits. Whereas qubits can exist only in superpositions of 0 and 1 states, qudits exist in multiple states, such as 0 and 1 and 2. More states mean that more data can be encoded and processed.
July 12, 2019

Senior Design Spotlight - Team Knights of the Square Table

An important part of senior year for Purdue ECE students is senior design. Teams incorporate all of their previous coursework to take on a challenging engineering project. In Spring 2019, Team Knights of the Square Table designed and built the Rook-eChess Board.
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