UC Merced's extreme science almost defies the imagination. It's supersmall, ultacold and hyperfast.
Researchers in the School of Natural Sciences are pushing boundaries in hopes of yielding results that could change the world. Their research – in photons, artificial atoms and molecules – is only a sampling of UC Merced’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that could impact renewable energy, health and communication.
Physics Professor Sayantani Ghosh studies how artificial atoms, known as quantum dots, react to light and temperature because the rules of physics change at the quantum scale. Physics Professor Jay Sharping uses lasers that pulse at intervals of 50 femtoseconds, far faster than what’s visible to the human eye. One femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second.
Chemistry Professor Tao Ye studies the ways artificial molecular machines can be used to perform many interesting tasks, such as combating devastating diseases like cancer. Molecules moving around the body like tiny robots are what make a person’s arms swing and retinas dilate. One of the goals is to create artificial molecules – or nanostructures – that can be dispatched to deliver medicine and attack disease cells.
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