January, 2019
Unexpected Wigner glass
Electronic disorder in a copper-oxide ceramic
Experiments on ultra-thin copper-oxide ceramic superconductors performed by MIT researchers showed an unexpected disorderly, or “glassy,” arrangement of electrons, known as a “Wigner glass.”
"In this phase, the electrons form a collective state without any orientational preference,” says  Riccardo Comin , Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT.

“Fourier space,” left, shows how charge ripples align in any direction, while electrons appear
randomly in “real space,” right.

Summer Scholars
Summer Scholar Update: Sarah Arveson
2014 Summer Scholar Sarah Arveson gained a broader perspective on research studying perovskites for solar cells. Arveson is pursuing a PhD in Geology & Geophysics at Yale University, conducting experiments to understand the interior of Earth and other planets.

Summer Scholars Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
This year's Summer Scholar Internship Program
 runs June 16 to Aug. 10, 2019.
Summer Scholar Update: Bart Machielse
2015 Summer Scholar Bart Machielse says his MIT internship was the best summer-long research experience he could imagine. He is pursuing a PhD in physics at Harvard, doing research on nanophotonics and quantum emitters in diamond with applications in quantum networks.

In other news
Katharina Ribbeck has heard every phlegm booger and loogie joke in the book. Photo by Buck Squibb.
The science of slime
Katharina Ribbeck has heard every phlegm, booger, and loogie joke in the book. But the MIT associate professor of biological engineering's research on mucus reveals it to be a marvel of engineering – and a critical line of defense in the immune system.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center Director Dennis Whyte. Photo by Gretchen Ertl.
Toward practical fusion energy

A year into a major collaboration to design a fusion reactor capable of producing more power than it consumes, researchers from MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems presented an update.

Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have designed the first fully flexible rectenna device without a battery that converts energy from WiFi signals into electricity. Illustration by Christine Daniloff.
Powering the Internet of Things

Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have designed the first fully flexible, “rectenna” device that converts energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity without a battery.

Event Calendar

IAP 2019 MIT MRL Film: “ Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit with Marie Curie ,” MIT Room 66-110, 3-5 p.m. Wed., Jan. 30, 2019. Digital theater screening plus Q&A with scholar and engineer Susan Marie Frontczak and filmmaker Jen Myronuk. Advance sign-up required; RSVP to SUSANG@MIT.EDU. Limited to 100 participants. 

IAP 2019 Physics Lecture Series:  “Voyager 2 in the Interstellar Medium, Finally!” MIT Professor of Physics John Belcher, 1:30-2:30 p.m., MIT 6-120, Fri., Feb. 1, 2019. 

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: “ Using Enzymes to Build, Break and Read Hybrid DNA Nanomaterials : From nanoscale self-assembly to intracellular gene regulation,” Prof. Jessica Rouge, University of Connecticut, Chipman Room, MIT 6-104, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 12, 2019.

Chez Pierre seminar: Jorge Bravo-Abad , Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and MIT, Condensed Matter Physics, Duboc Room, MIT 4-331, 12-1 p.m., Mon., Feb. 25, 2019.

Physical Chemistry Seminar: “ Ultrafast extreme ultraviolet spectroscopy reveals short-lived states in transition metal complexes and organohalide perovskite semiconductors ,” Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joshua Vura-Weis, University of Illinois, MIT 6-120, 4- 6 p.m., Tues., Feb. 26, 2019.  
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