CoSE physicists discover unusual properties in a type of super-thin material

Two researchers wearing red goggles look at a system of metal lab equipment
SF State graduate student Viviane Costa (left) and Physics & Astronomy Professor AKM Newaz adjust a microscope in the lab.

As technologies become more compact — with the room-sized computers of the past shrinking to smartphones as just one example — you eventually reach a limit. In a new study, researchers in the lab of SF State Professor of Physics & Astronomy AKM Newaz push against that limit, probing the properties of a futuristic material made up of just a single layer of molecules. The team used lasers, vaporized gold and even employed some strategic sticky tape to gain a better understanding of the material, which may one day allow for extreme miniaturization of technologies like lasers and LED lights.

Read more about the work here.