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We discover, shape and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force.
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Engineers at +Stanford University have identified two ultrathin semiconductors that share or exceed some of silicon’s desirable traits.

“There’s more research to do, but a new path to thinner, smaller circuits – and more energy-efficient electronics – is within reach,” - Professor Eric Pop, Electrical Engineering (EE), AFOSR PI.

The research is supported by AFOSR PO Dr. Harold Weinstock, Quantum Electronic Solids. #Semiconductors

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A C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron conducts a flight mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 31, 2017. The C-130J provides tactical airlift worldwide and its flexible design allows it to operate in austere environments. (+United States Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)
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#TuesdayTrivia What was so extraordinary about an AFOSR grantee cooking an egg in 1962? #AirForce #BasicResearch
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A team of researchers, led by Professor Zenghu Chang at the +University of Central Florida, has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed— a 53-attosecond X-ray flash.

“Such attosecond soft X-rays could be used to shoot slow-motion video of electrons and atoms of biological molecules in living cells to, for instance, improve the efficiency of solar panels by better understanding how photosynthesis works” - Chang

The research was supported, in part, AFOSR PO: Dr Riq Parra, Ultrashort Pulse Laser-Matter Interactions. #BasicResearch #Breakthrough

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Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells more cost efficient.

“Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive. We’re looking at new ways to use materials and manufacturing technologies to make these less expensively.” - Dr. Santanu Bag, project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate #MaterialsScience #SolarCells

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AFOSR PO Dr. Douglas Smith recently hosted the Unsteady Aerodynamics and Turbulent Flows Portfolio Review. This portfolio supports basic research into the dynamics and control of aerodynamic shear flows including the interactions of these flows with rigid and flexible surfaces in motion.

Interested in AFOSR support for your innovative research ideas? Visit https://go.usa.gov/xRPhT to get started. #AirForce #BasicResearch #Aerodynamics

#TriviaTuesday What contribution to computer users all over the world did Dr. Douglas Engelbart ultimately make starting with the AFOSR contract entitled, "Augmenting Human Intellect?"

+United States Air Force #BasicResearch #TechTuesday

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Scientists at +Rice University have used an industrial laser to heat wood and turn its surface into highly conductive graphene. According to the researchers, the material could be used for biodegradable electronics. The research is supported by Dr. Ken Caster, Organic Materials Chemistry. #BasicResearch #Graphene #MaterialsScience

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The +Materials Research Society seeks scientists to develop high-impact videos to generate a broader interest in materials science— videos that can teach, explain, amaze, amuse or fascinate. #MaterialsScience #Engineering #ArtofScience

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Air Force K-12 STEM has partnered with SW Design School to provide access to coding courses for students in underserved communities throughout the United States. The program is supported by Mr. Ed Lee, AFOSR STEM K-12 outreach.

To learn more about K-12 Coders, visit https://www.k-12coders.com. Visit Air Force STEM at http://afstem.org to learn about additional K-12 & College programs. #STEM #AirForceSTEM #Coding
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