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Congratulations to Professor Yu Yao!

Dr. Yu Yao, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the +Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has been awarded a YIP grant for her proposal entitled, “Mid-Infrared Laser Frequency Comb Generation Based on Ultrafast All-Optical Graphene-metasurface Modulators.”

“Hopefully, the outcome of this research will not only lead to more in-depth understanding of graphene optoelectronics and mid-infrared semiconductor lasers, but also bridge the technological gap left by current infrared spectroscopy methods and enable a wide range of uses, from space exploration to environmental and biomedical applications.” - Yu Yao

#BasicResearch   #Grants   #AFOSRYIP
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Senior Airman John Abbott, a 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technology journeyman, welds metal at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 2, 2016. Metals Airmen use their welding skill set to support the 20th Maintenance Group and the 20th Fighter Wing’s F-16CM Fighting Falcons. (+United States Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jensen Stidham) View all of this week’s week in photos at http://go.usa.gov/cyaNm #AirForce
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#ThrowbackThursday   1970s | The Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) (1975-1977) | Due to the early funding of Dr. Charles Townes’ maser and laser work by AFOSR, there is a direct link between the maser and laser basic research in the 1950s and the evolutionary laser technology developed by AFOSR-funded research for the Air Force’s Airborne Laser (ABL). In 1977, two active duty +United States Air Force officers, Captains William E. McDermott and Nicholas R. Pechelkin, sponsored by AFOSR, invented the chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFWL), a predecessor unit to the Air Force Research Laboratories’ Directed Energy Directorate. COIL was refined with additional AFOSR basic research funding. As the potential of COIL grew, AFOSR funding support enabled and improved all related ABL development and witnessed significant advances in atmospheric compensation and correction (1985); vibration elimination (1988); and research for the new All Gas Iodine Laser (AGIL). #AirForce   #BasicResearch   #tbt  
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In a new 6-part video series, +NBC Learn and the +National Science Foundation invite you to explore the hidden world of nanotechnology, where objects are measured in the billionths of meters. Discover #SuperSmallScience  at http://nbclearn.com/nanotechnology #Nanotechnology  
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The +Rice University lab of Professor Matteo Pasquali has developed a new nanotube-based conductor that could replace the tin-coated copper braid in coaxial cables. Replacing the outer conductor with the new coating could benefit airplanes and spacecraft. The research was supported by the AFOSR PO: Dr. Joycelyn Harrison, Low Density Materials, AFRL, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the +National Science Foundation, and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. #BasicResearch   #Chemistry   #MaterialsScience
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Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer Dr. Jeff Calcaterra recently described AFRL's role in aircraft mishap investigations and emphasized that everyone at AFRL plays an important role in the +United States Air Force mission.

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Congratulations to Professor Dashun Wang!

Dr. Dashun Wang, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at +Penn State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, has been awarded a YIP grant for his proposal entitled, “Modeling and Predicting Individual Scientific Impact.”

“We’re starting to see that the study of science is a rapidly growing community, and hopefully we’ll highlight the interesting things that can be accomplished within this multi-disciplinary community that I’m proud to be a part of.” -Wang #BasicResearch   #Grant   #AFOSRYIP   #Science
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Dr. Alan J. Heeger, recipient of the 2000 +Nobel Prize in Chemistry, recently visited the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate to present his work with room-temperature ultrasensitive photodetectors. #Chemistry   #photodetectors
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Happy Birthday to the Office of Naval Research! #70YearsOfInnovation   #Science   #Technology  
As 2016 kicks into gear, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced Jan. 27, a series of events throughou
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Dr. Frederica Darema recently hosted the annual Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS) program review. The DDDAS concept entails the ability to dynamically incorporate additional data into an executing application, and in reverse, the ability of an application to dynamically steer the measurement (instrumentation and control) components of the application system. DDDAS is a key concept for improving modeling of systems under dynamic conditions, more effective management of instrumentation systems, and is a key concept in architecting and controlling dynamic and heterogeneous resources, including, sensor networks, networks of embedded controllers, and other networked resources.

Interested in AFOSR funding for your innovative research? Visit http://1.usa.gov/13f3vED to get started. #AirForce‬   #BasicResearch
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range. (+United States Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum) View all of this week's #AirForce  Week in Photos at http://1.usa.gov/1Q1TQq7
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#throwbackthursday  Environmentally Safe Fuel Cells (2009-present): Funded by AFOSR and the +National Science Foundation, +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are exploring a new technology, called a thermopower wave, that may convert chemical energy to fuel cells for micro-machines, sensors and emergency communication beacons. The promising technology is generating attention because it is 100% non-toxic, saves energy, and can also create a significant amount of power in tiny batteries—up to ten times as much as commercial batteries according to Dr. Michael Strano, MIT Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering (ChemE). The key components of these devices are tiny, molecular wires called carbon nanotubes, or CNTs, which when coated with fuel can conduct heat and create an energy wave in the process. These waves may form the basis of new types of fuel cells that convert condensed liquid fuel into electrical energy in a continuous manner. A major challenge that the researchers faced was activating the devices without using too much energy. As a result, they explored different methods, including lasers, electrical sparks and direct heating from a resistor before they discovered the thermopower wave. Another important step for the researchers is to develop refueling systems that can cover the CNTs with more fuel so that the devices can be used more than once, greatly expanding their potential applications. #BasicResearch   #sensors   #tbt  
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Welcome to the official Google+ page of AFOSR. We discover, shape and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force.
 
For sixty years, AFOSR has forged the foundations of science in every mission critical area for today’s Air Force, from integrated circuits, lasers, and stealth to anti-missile defense systems, hypersonics, and space travel. AFOSR personnel do not dream about what is possible—we accomplish what many believe is impossible. We focus on the science of the future today; enabling a future Air Force that will be far more technologically advanced than any peer.