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World’s First Space Hotel Is Now Taking Reservations!

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Aurora Station is already taking deposits for its 2022 launch.

These days everyone wants an out-of-this-world hotel experience offering excellent service or exceptional design. But if the first-ever luxury space hotel launches in late 2021 as planned, the figure of speech will for once be an accurate description.

In early April, plans for the futuristic Aurora Station were announced at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. The exclusive hotel, which is being developed by space technology startup Orion Span, is slated to launch in late 2021 and plans to host its first guests in 2022.

Orion Span says Aurora Station will accommodate six people—including two crew members—at a time. During a 12-day stay on the space station—the starting price for which is $9.5 million per person—guests will float freely through the zero-gravity hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern auroras from the station’s windows.

Prior to takeoff, all Aurora Station guests will partake in a mandatory three-month training program to receive an Orion Span Astronaut Certification. Phase one of this certification program can be completed online; the next portion will occur at Orion Span’s training facility in Houston, and the final training will take place during each expedition on Aurora Station.

Those eager to explore travel’s latest frontier (and who have the ability to dish out a far-reaching sum) will take part in numerous authentic astronaut experiences aboard Aurora Station, from real space research experiments to virtual reality simulations. Once in orbit, guests can also stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones via high-speed wireless Internet access. Upon return to Earth, Aurora Station guests will be treated to a “hero’s welcome home.”

“We developed Aurora Station to provide a turnkey destination in space,” chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span, Frank Bunger, said in a statement. “Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before.”

If Aurora Station hosts its first expedition in 2022 as planned, the modular hotel will mark an astronomical move toward making space travel more mainstream. We’ll count down the years until we can afford to make the trip.

Aurora Station is now accepting deposits for future stays. The fully refundable deposit is $80,000 per person and can be reserved online!  [content credit: www.tastingtable.com, by


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The Nuts and Bolts of a Good Connection

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When it comes to making a good RF connection, most people think about the connectors.

After all, good connectors can have a huge impact on the quality and cost effectiveness of any project. However, in order to have the best connection possible, it is important to invest in high quality tools as well.

There is a range of tools necessary to create these connections, including a torque wrench. Like all wrenches, a torque wrench is designed to tighten and loosen nuts and other connective devices. A torque wrench differs from other tools because it is more sensitive. Other wrenches will continue to apply pressure, regardless of how tight the bolt may be. These wrenches, on the other hand, will stop applying pressure and break away once the required torque is reached.

Coaxicom torque wrenches are designed explicitly for RF connectors and their recommended mating torque. They also include wrenches for laboratory testing of coupling proof torque and hard to find connector series.

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Be An Engineering Jedi & May The 4th Be With You!

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Not only is it Friday… it’s also the designated day we celebrate all things, “Star Wars”!

And no matter how you choose to honor this indelible part of our cultural zeitgeist as one of the world’s greatest franchises… every holiday is enhanced by a signature cocktail!

So as the festivities rev up this afternoon, make your stormtrooping buddies a batch of powerful… 

Millenium Fal-Collins

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  • 1 1/2 oz. Blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Giffard Pamplemousse
  • 1/4 oz. Amaro di Angostura
  • Top with Bundaberg Lemon Lime Soda
  • Cucumber wheel, for garnish
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Preparation: Build in a Collins glass over ice. Top with Soda. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and a mint sprig.

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HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018!

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EARTH DAY IS NOT about politics, it’s not about our opinion on global warming, or even our preference for or aversion to caftans and other fashionably bohemian looks. To us, Earth Day 2018 is – a celebration, yes – but also a keen opportunity to take stock of our own daily habits and their impact on the planet.

This year, instead of impressing you with next level ideas and a chic composter (okay, here’s one), we thought we’d bring you a few practical reminders of very basic steps we should all be taking to reduce waste and our toxic load. Check out the list, ask yourself if you’ve skipped any of the basics, and make an effort to make the shift!

ARE YOU REALLY RECYCLING?Recycling for Earth Day? Groundbreaking, we know – but how are you really doing on this point? If you’ve not yet invested the space in your kitchen for a designated recycling bin, make it happen this month. If you’re confused on any recyclable materials, read this for a little refresher.

MOVE AWAY FROM FAST FASHIONThis has got to be the toughest challenge facing most fashion-loving women. No matter your clothing budget, many of us sneak in a ‘throw away’ dress for a night out or cheap extra swimwear for a weekend away. Fast fashion has been rated by some as the second worst industry for the environment, right behind big oil and it’s track record on a human rights level isn’t so hot either. Take baby steps away from your fast fashion ways and invest in natural pieces that’ll last. Check out all our tips on the topic.

CUT DOWN ON WATER BOTTLESWe adore the Berkey water filters and they come in every size. Keep a stock of glassware nearby, including bottles with stoppers to take on the go. Keep a few bottles in the fridge for easy access. Invest in a cute reusable bottle like one of these to re-enforce the habit of sipping sustainably (and often).

SHOP SMARTER FURNITUREMost of our healthy living at home coverage has to do with the health of you, not the planet. But it doesn’t take long to figure out that the two values are closely linked. Shop paints and furnishings that don’t off-gas chemicals into your family’s lungs. These materials and the manufacturing processes by which they’re made are also usually better for the environment!

STOCK UP ON REUSABLES IN THE KITCHEN | …and anywhere else in life you can get away with it! Reduce waste in your daily kitchen routine: swap out paper towels, plastic wrap, plastic containers and other disposables for linen cloths, glass containers, beautiful ceramics, and these cool beeswax liners for produce.

SWITCH TO GREEN CLEANING + PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTSReduce the amount of chemicals you’re adding to the water supply by swapping to non-toxic cleaners where possible. Still not convinced that non-toxic beauty and personal care is necessary? (content credit from: https://thechalkboardmag.com).


[Stuart, Florida] COAXIAL COMPONENTS CORP. – While we are all, as individuals, accountable for our contribution to the planet’s pollution and waste buildup, companies too play a critical role in either damaging or protecting the environment. At Coaxicom, we understand that environmental impact should be a top concern when it comes to  corporate behavior. In response, we recycle at our facility whenever possible and reuse, re-purpose and recycle everything from water bottles to manufacturing materials.

Coaxicom designs and manufactures an extensive line of standard, as well as custom microwave and RF connectors all available in 50 or 75 Ohm impedance.

We have proudly served Customers in industries including the US military, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless, alternative energy and more.  Coaxicom also offers world-class manufacturing capabilities necessary to deliver the quality and reliability our customers demand including Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable. RETURN TO WEBSITE

Russia is Jamming American Drone Operating

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[Update: April 11, 2018] – According to U.S. officials Russia is seriously affecting American military operations by jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria.

The Russians began  jamming the GPS of  some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago.

Russian army now has advanced drone hunting units. (interestingengineering.com)

Jamming, which means blocking or scrambling a drone’s reception of a signal from a GPS satellite, can be uncomplicated, according to Dr. Todd Humphreys, the director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

“GPS receivers in most drones can be fairly easily jammed,” he said.

Humphreys, an expert on the spoofing and jamming of GPS, warns this could have a significant impact on U.S. drones, causing them to malfunction or even crash. “At the very least it could cause some serious confusion” for the drone operator on the ground if the drone reports an incorrect position or is lost, he said.

The officials said the equipment being used was developed by the Russian military and is very sophisticated, proving effective even against some encrypted signals and anti-jamming receivers. The drones impacted so far are smaller surveillance aircraft, as opposed to the larger Predators and Reapers that often operate in combat environments and can be armed.

Dr. Humphreys says that though the attacks occur in cyberspace, the results are still serious.

Russia shows several drones captured in Syria (dailymail.co.uk).

“They are a little less hostile looking than a kinetic bullet but sometimes the effect can be just as damaging,” he said. “It’s like shooting at them with radio waves instead of bullets.” (story content credited: fighterjetsworld.com). Continue reading

Don’t be Taken for a Ride!

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As a trusted manufacturer of RF and microwave components for over 30-years, we know that you will be extremely satisfied with the quality and support we provide to each and every customer. We have the pleasure of working with companies, labs and universities both large and small and from around the globe.

Offering world-class manufacturing capabilities, Coaxicom delivers standard and custom designed connectors (all-series), cable assembliesphase adjustersadaptersterminations, attenuatorsdust capspinstorque wrenches and more.

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Harris to provide sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) jamming systems for combat aircraft

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Harris to provide sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) jamming systems for combat aircraft.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. –Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Harris Corp. will provide the U.S. Navy and Australian air force with 86 sophisticated EW jamming systems designed to protect combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., on Thursday announced a $161 million order to the Harris Corp. Electronic Systems segment (formerly Exelis Inc.) in Clifton, N.J., to build 86 full-rate production lot 15 AN/ALQ-214A(V)4/5 integrated defensive electronic countermeasures jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D and F/A-18E/F Hornet and Super Hornet jet fighter-bombers.

 The AN/ALQ-214A(V)4/5 is an electronic jammer component of the integrated defensive electronic counter measures system (IDECM) from a joint venture of Harris and BAE Systems. It protects F/A-18 fighter-bombers from radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles by jamming the enemy missile guidance systems.

The ALQ-214 component of the IDECM EW system has been delivered to the U.S. Navy, as well as to the Royal Australian Air Force for contemporary versions of the Boeing F/A-18 fighter-bomber. The system blends sensitive receivers and active countermeasures to form an electronic shield around the aircraft, Harris officials say.

The RF countermeasure system engages incoming missiles autonomously with a series of measures designed to protect the aircraft from detection.

 

The AN/ALQ-214A(V)4 a smaller and lighter version of its predecessors, and has an open-architecture design that is ready for integration on several different kinds of aircraft.

The system is designed to counter radar-guided anti-aircraft missiles with electronic countermeasures (ECM) techniques that deny, disrupt, delay, and degrade the enemy missile launch and engagement sequence. The system identifies, ranks, and counters incoming missiles, and displays engagements to the flight crew for situational awareness. (contentcredit: http://www.militaryaerospace.com, February 12, 2018, By John Keller, Editor)

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Here’s When China’s Space Station Will Fall Back to Earth!

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Scientists have finally determined when China’s oldest space station will crash back to our planet.

The space lab, named “heavenly palace,” is still in orbit. Earlier in March, experts put the re-entry period between March 24 and April 19, but couldn’t give a more precise estimate.

The lack of accuracy was understandable: At low orbit, below about 2,000 km above the planet’s surface, objects will eventually lose speed and fall back to Earth if they don’t continue to exert a force to propel themselves.

However, the drag from Earth’s atmosphere that acts on objects at this height is not consistent, so pinpointing exactly when the space station, which is currently orbiting at about 250 km above the planet, will begin its descent is very difficult.

Don’t worry about checking the sky during the days the space station is likely to make its re-entry, though.

“The personal probability of being hit by a piece of debris from the Tiangong-1 is actually 10 million times smaller than the yearly chance of being hit by lightning,” the ESA said.

While there is little risk that the debris from the space station will endanger humans, the ESA is still trying to determine a ballpark idea of where on Earth the space station will make landfall.

“At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible,” the ESA said.

It’s most likely to crash into the ocean somewhere between latitudes 43° north and 43° south, but that’s about as much as people will know before Tiangong-1 falls from orbit.

“We need to get used to the idea of things raining down on us from space,” University of Texas researcher Leon Vanstone wrote in a commentary piece for Fortune, noting that falling satellites are only going to become more common as the number of launches continues to increase.

Scientists are still searching for solutions to the problem of dealing with free-falling satellites and other space debris. Options so far include shooting them down with lasers, as China proposed earlier this year. (content credited by: March 21st, 2018, http://amp.timeinc.net, Fortune Briefing)


STUART, FLORIDA – Coaxial Components Corp. (Coaxicom), a company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of RF and Microwave components is honored to be a small part of many of today’s engineering and research achievements.

Whether it’s working with Yale University on non-magnetic connectors, supplying SMA/TNC connectors to NASA, specialized torque wrenches to Argonne National Labs, or hand-crafting, custom cable assemblies for a mid-west university for advancing cardio healthcare.

Companies and organizations from around the globe seek Coaxicom’s parts and expertise because we’ve earned the reputation for military-and medical grade quality, speed and innovation.

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Tiny Things Have Huge Impact for Electrical Engineering: 2018 Update

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SUNY Poly researcher rockets technology into extreme environments.

In Fatemeh (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) laboratory, tiny things have huge impacts for electrical engineering.

As a professor in the nanoengineering constellation and interim dean of graduate studies, Shahedipour-Sandvik researches ways to improve electronic devices for use in extreme environments—think of on top of spacecraft or inside jet engines. By making specific molecular changes to semiconductors, a key piece of electronic circuitry, she and her team are creating components to run powerful electronics in the harshest of conditions.

As the name suggests, semiconductors fall somewhere between highly conductive metals like copper or gold and insulators, which prevent the flow of electricity. Unlike conductors, which provide constant electric flow, semiconductors can be turned “on” or “off.” This added regulator makes them crucial in controlling electronic devices from cell phones to LED lights to solar panels.

“Semiconductors are fascinating,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said. “Especially the novel materials we’re working with; it’s a really amazing material system because of the unique and extreme properties it offers.”

Shahedipour-Sandvik has spent her career exploring semiconductors, from her PhD research on semiconducting diamonds at the University of Missouri, to her lab’s current work on developing new technology for operation under harsh environments.

Since arriving at SUNY Poly in 2001, her research efforts have been well recognized by the university and the state. Her many awards include the 2006 Rising to Lead Best Technologist Award from the city of Albany’s Alliance of Technology and Women and a 2012 Excellence in Research award from the University at Albany.

Most recently, Shahedipour-Sandvik and colleagues were awarded $720,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to study next-generation semiconductors for application in high power electronics. Unlike the silicon semiconductors found in many personal electronic devices, she is developing components with a gallium nitride (GaN) base.

“In comparison to silicon, GaN can be used to create devices that work in harsh environments,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said, referring to electronic “noise” appearing in silicon semiconductors under extreme conditions. This noise comes from unwanted current flowing when the semiconductor should be in an “off” state, compromising device function.

“Not only does GaN have fascinating properties, the system holds great promises for technological advances,” she said.

Semiconductors consist of a lattice of atoms, like silicon or gallium and nitride for GaN, with different elements incorporated into the lattice through a process called doping. With two types of doping, “p-type” and “n-type”, current flow can be controlled by the choice of element used as a dopant. The relatively short length of the bonds in the GaN lattice is key to its ability to withstand harsh environments.

Working with collaborators from SUNY Poly, the Army Research Lab, Drexel University, and Gyrotron Technology, Inc. (Gyrotron), Shahedipour-Sandvik is hoping to overcome one of the major challenges in creating these next-generation devices: effective p-type doping in the GaN base.

Fortunately Gyrotron has a new method for activating the dopant, magnesium, introduced through a process called implantation. By using microsecond pulses of electromagnetic waves, the GaN base temperatures may be increased to over 1300 degrees Celsius. Along with a method to stabilize the lattice, the team hopes to get high levels of doping without damaging the GaN lattice.

Freezing point of water set at 0 and boiling point set at 100, so there is 100 degrees between them and each degree is 1/100 of the difference between these two points.

Additionally, Shahedipour-Sandvik will build the new semiconductors on a GaN base, which ensures the best electricity flow and highest performance as compared to bases of a different material than the lattice. Although GaN bases are expensive and hard to come by, Shahedipour-Sandvik has high hopes: “even if these devices are made on small areas in low volume, they’re still going to be very impactful.”

With this diverse team focused on developing next-generation semiconductors, this new technology may soon become a reality, Shahedipour-Sandvik said.

“It really takes a team that has complementary expertise to fully understand the fundamentals of the GaN system and overcome its inherent challenges.”

In Fatemeh (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) laboratory, tiny things have huge impacts for electrical engineering.

As a professor in the nanoengineering constellation and interim dean of graduate studies, Shahedipour-Sandvik researches ways to improve electronic devices for use in extreme environments—think of on top of spacecraft or inside jet engines. By making specific molecular changes to semiconductors, a key piece of electronic circuitry, she and her team are creating components to run powerful electronics in the harshest of conditions.

As the name suggests, semiconductors fall somewhere between highly conductive metals like copper or gold and insulators, which prevent the flow of electricity. Unlike conductors, which provide constant electric flow, semiconductors can be turned “on” or “off.” This added regulator makes them crucial in controlling electronic devices from cell phones to LED lights to solar panels.

“Semiconductors are fascinating,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said. “Especially the novel materials we’re working with; it’s a really amazing material system because of the unique and extreme properties it offers.”

Shahedipour-Sandvik has spent her career exploring semiconductors, from her PhD research on semiconducting diamonds at the University of Missouri, to her lab’s current work on developing new technology for operation under harsh environments.

Since arriving at SUNY Poly in 2001, her research efforts have been well recognized by the university and the state. Her many awards include the 2006 Rising to Lead Best Technologist Award from the city of Albany’s Alliance of Technology and Women and a 2012 Excellence in Research award from the University at Albany. Shahedipour-Sandvik was also named the first Presidential Fellow at the Research Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year.

Most recently, Shahedipour-Sandvik and colleagues were awarded $720,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to study next-generation semiconductors for application in high power electronics. Unlike the silicon semiconductors found in many personal electronic devices, she is developing components with a gallium nitride (GaN) base.

“In comparison to silicon, GaN can be used to create devices that work in harsh environments,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said, referring to electronic “noise” appearing in silicon semiconductors under extreme conditions. This noise comes from unwanted current flowing when the semiconductor should be in an “off” state, compromising device function.

“Not only does GaN have fascinating properties, the system holds great promises for technological advances,” she said.

Semiconductors consist of a lattice of atoms, like silicon or gallium and nitride for GaN, with different elements incorporated into the lattice through a process called doping. With two types of doping, “p-type” and “n-type”, current flow can be controlled by the choice of element used as a dopant. The relatively short length of the bonds in the GaN lattice is key to its ability to withstand harsh environments.

Working with collaborators from SUNY Poly, the Army Research Lab, Drexel University, and Gyrotron Technology, Inc. (Gyrotron), Shahedipour-Sandvik is hoping to overcome one of the major challenges in creating these next-generation devices: effective p-type doping in the GaN base.

Fortunately Gyrotron has a new method for activating the dopant, magnesium, introduced through a process called implantation. By using microsecond pulses of electromagnetic waves, the GaN base temperatures may be increased to over 1300 degrees Celsius. Along with a method to stabilize the lattice, the team hopes to get high levels of doping without damaging the GaN lattice.

Additionally, Shahedipour-Sandvik will build the new semiconductors on a GaN base, which ensures the best electricity flow and highest performance as compared to bases of a different material than the lattice. Although GaN bases are expensive and hard to come by, Shahedipour-Sandvik has high hopes: “even if these devices are made on small areas in low volume, they’re still going to be very impactful.”

With this diverse team focused on developing next-generation semiconductors, this new technology may soon become a reality, Shahedipour-Sandvik said.

“It really takes a team that has complementary expertise to fully understand the fundamentals of the GaN system and overcome its inherent challenges.”

As a professor in the nanoengineering constellation and interim dean of graduate studies, Shahedipour-Sandvik researches ways to improve electronic devices for use in extreme environments—think of on top of spacecraft or inside jet engines. By making specific molecular changes to semiconductors, a key piece of electronic circuitry, she and her team are creating components to run powerful electronics in the harshest of conditions.

As the name suggests, semiconductors fall somewhere between highly conductive metals like copper or gold and insulators, which prevent the flow of electricity. Unlike conductors, which provide constant electric flow, semiconductors can be turned “on” or “off.” This added regulator makes them crucial in controlling electronic devices from cell phones to LED lights to solar panels.

“Semiconductors are fascinating,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said. “Especially the novel materials we’re working with; it’s a really amazing material system because of the unique and extreme properties it offers.”

Shahedipour-Sandvik has spent her career exploring semiconductors, from her PhD research on semiconducting diamonds at the University of Missouri, to her lab’s current work on developing new technology for operation under harsh environments.

Since arriving at SUNY Poly in 2001, her research efforts have been well recognized by the university and the state. Her many awards include the 2006 Rising to Lead Best Technologist Award from the city of Albany’s Alliance of Technology and Women and a 2012 Excellence in Research award from the University at Albany. Shahedipour-Sandvik was also named the first Presidential Fellow at the Research Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year.

Most recently, Shahedipour-Sandvik and colleagues were awarded $720,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to study next-generation semiconductors for application in high power electronics. Unlike the silicon semiconductors found in many personal electronic devices, she is developing components with a gallium nitride (GaN) base.

“In comparison to silicon, GaN can be used to create devices that work in harsh environments,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said, referring to electronic “noise” appearing in silicon semiconductors under extreme conditions. This noise comes from unwanted current flowing when the semiconductor should be in an “off” state, compromising device function.

“Not only does GaN have fascinating properties, the system holds great promises for technological advances,” she said.

Semiconductors consist of a lattice of atoms, like silicon or gallium and nitride for GaN, with different elements incorporated into the lattice through a process called doping. With two types of doping, “p-type” and “n-type”, current flow can be controlled by the choice of element used as a dopant. The relatively short length of the bonds in the GaN lattice is key to its ability to withstand harsh environments.

Working with collaborators from SUNY Poly, the Army Research Lab, Drexel University, and Gyrotron Technology, Inc. (Gyrotron), Shahedipour-Sandvik is hoping to overcome one of the major challenges in creating these next-generation devices: effective p-type doping in the GaN base.

Fortunately Gyrotron has a new method for activating the dopant, magnesium, introduced through a process called implantation. By using microsecond pulses of electromagnetic waves, the GaN base temperatures may be increased to over 1300 degrees Celsius. Along with a method to stabilize the lattice, the team hopes to get high levels of doping without damaging the GaN lattice.

Additionally, Shahedipour-Sandvik will build the new semiconductors on a GaN base, which ensures the best electricity flow and highest performance as compared to bases of a different material than the lattice. Although GaN bases are expensive and hard to come by, Shahedipour-Sandvik has high hopes: “even if these devices are made on small areas in low volume, they’re still going to be very impactful.”

With this diverse team focused on developing next-generation semiconductors, this new technology may soon become a reality, Shahedipour-Sandvik said.

“It really takes a team that has complementary expertise to fully understand the fundamentals of the GaN system and overcome its inherent challenges.”

As a professor in the nanoengineering constellation and interim dean of graduate studies, Shahedipour-Sandvik researches ways to improve electronic devices for use in extreme environments—think of on top of spacecraft or inside jet engines. By making specific molecular changes to semiconductors, a key piece of electronic circuitry, she and her team are creating components to run powerful electronics in the harshest of conditions.

As the name suggests, semiconductors fall somewhere between highly conductive metals like copper or gold and insulators, which prevent the flow of electricity. Unlike conductors, which provide constant electric flow, semiconductors can be turned “on” or “off.” This added regulator makes them crucial in controlling electronic devices from cell phones to LED lights to solar panels.

“Semiconductors are fascinating,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said. “Especially the novel materials we’re working with; it’s a really amazing material system because of the unique and extreme properties it offers.”

Shahedipour-Sandvik has spent her career exploring semiconductors, from her PhD research on semiconducting diamonds at the University of Missouri, to her lab’s current work on developing new technology for operation under harsh environments.

Since arriving at SUNY Poly in 2001, her research efforts have been well recognized by the university and the state. Her many awards include the 2006 Rising to Lead Best Technologist Award from the city of Albany’s Alliance of Technology and Women and a 2012 Excellence in Research award from the University at Albany. Shahedipour-Sandvik was also named the first Presidential Fellow at the Research Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year.

Most recently, Shahedipour-Sandvik and colleagues were awarded $720,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to study next-generation semiconductors for application in high power electronics. Unlike the silicon semiconductors found in many personal electronic devices, she is developing components with a gallium nitride (GaN) base.

“In comparison to silicon, GaN can be used to create devices that work in harsh environments,” Shahedipour-Sandvik said, referring to electronic “noise” appearing in silicon semiconductors under extreme conditions. This noise comes from unwanted current flowing when the semiconductor should be in an “off” state, compromising device function.

“Not only does GaN have fascinating properties, the system holds great promises for technological advances,” she said.

Semiconductors consist of a lattice of atoms, like silicon or gallium and nitride for GaN, with different elements incorporated into the lattice through a process called doping. With two types of doping, “p-type” and “n-type”, current flow can be controlled by the choice of element used as a dopant. The relatively short length of the bonds in the GaN lattice is key to its ability to withstand harsh environments.

Working with collaborators from SUNY Poly, the Army Research Lab, Drexel University, and Gyrotron Technology, Inc. (Gyrotron), Shahedipour-Sandvik is hoping to overcome one of the major challenges in creating these next-generation devices: effective p-type doping in the GaN base.

Fortunately Gyrotron has a new method for activating the dopant, magnesium, introduced through a process called implantation. By using microsecond pulses of electromagnetic waves, the GaN base temperatures may be increased to over 1300 degrees Celsius. Along with a method to stabilize the lattice, the team hopes to get high levels of doping without damaging the GaN lattice.

Additionally, Shahedipour-Sandvik will build the new semiconductors on a GaN base, which ensures the best electricity flow and highest performance as compared to bases of a different material than the lattice. Although GaN bases are expensive and hard to come by, Shahedipour-Sandvik has high hopes: “even if these devices are made on small areas in low volume, they’re still going to be very impactful.”

With this diverse team focused on developing next-generation semiconductors, this new technology may soon become a reality, Shahedipour-Sandvik said.

 

“It really takes a team that has complementary expertise to fully understand the fundamentals of the GaN system and overcome its inherent challenges.” (content credit: https://www.rfsuny.org/RF-News)


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Weird and wonderful facts about St. Patrick and March 17!

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Did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish? Or that the Irish can’t claim credit for St. Patrick’s Day parades? Find out more in our weirdest and most wonderful facts.

St. Patrick’s Day is all about the Irish and our beautiful country Ireland but did you know that there are many aspects of the big day that the Irish can not claim as their own invention? Such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade phenomenon, for instance? To get you up to date with all the weirdest and most wonderful St. Patrick’s day facts, here are the top strangest titbits about the patron saint to have you all caught up on your St. Patrick’s trivia.

The Irish can’t claim credit for the invention of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The world’s first recorded Saint Patrick’s Day Parade took place in Boston on March 18, 1737, followed by the New York Parade, which first took place in 1762.

Ireland took over a century to jump on the parade float with the rest of the world and only had their first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin in 1931.

This St. Patrick’s Day we’ll all be wearing green, but shouldn’t it be blue?

Parade committee organizers across the world wouldn’t take too kindly to us changing the color, so maybe we’ll leave it at green for now.

100 lbs. of green dye was poured into the Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

In 1961, business manager of Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers Local Union, Stephen Bailey, received permission to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Due to uncertainties about the amount of dye it would take to turn the river green, a massive 100 lbs of vegetable dye was used in comparison to the 25 lbs used today.

Saint Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland

George Washington ordered that “St. Patrick” be the response to the password “Boston” on Evacuation Day

George Wasjington at the surrender of General Burgoyne.

On Evacuation Day, March 17, 1776, the orders issued by Washington were that those wishing to pass through Continental Army lines should give the password “Boston,” to which the reply should be “St. Patrick.”

Drink, drink, and yet more drink!

(content credit: https://www.irishcentral.com/Amanda Driscoll, 

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