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(wgvu) - The U.S. Air Force has approved a
$6.8-million, five-year study on how to control heat transmission
as electronic devices keep shrinking.
The project's leader is Kevin Pipe, an assistant engineering
professor at the University of Michigan. The study aims to overcome
a key barrier to creating smaller and more efficient computers,
lasers and other electronic devices - dealing with the heat they
produce.
The university says researchers will use ultrafast lasers to
watch atomic vibrations that transmit heat. They'll then use
nanotechnology to re-engineer the surfaces of materials to regulate
heat flow.
The group includes nine scientists and engineers from Michigan,
Brown University and the University of California-Santa Cruz.
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