Topic: Department of Physics

Researchers Build World's Thinnest Light Bulb from Graphene

June 15, 2015
Graphene-based light source

Researchers have demonstrated—for the first time—a visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin form of carbon. This new type of light source could form the basis of faster communications devices and computer displays that are thin, flexible and transparent.

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Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

June 30, 2014

[caption id="attachment_46733" align="alignright" width="400" caption="MAGIS Device (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation). Click on the image to view an animation of the MAGIS device in action and to read more about how it works. Animation by Marianna Grenadier."]MAGIS Device (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation).[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world's most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics. For many isotopes, the new method is cheaper than existing methods. For others, it is more environmentally friendly.

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UT Researchers Use Simple Scaling Theory to Better Predict Gas Production in Barnett Shale Wells

Nov. 18, 2013

*Editor's note: The fourth paragraph in the earlier version of this release has been removed. 

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a simple scaling theory to estimate gas production from hydraulically fractured wells in the Barnett Shale.

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UT Austin Researchers Grow Large Graphene Crystals That Have Exceptional Electrical Properties

Nov. 14, 2013

When it comes to the growth of graphene an ultrathin, ultrastrong, all-carbon material it is survival of the fittest, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Will Berdanier: In the Footsteps of Isaac Newton

May 13, 2013