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Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Iowa State) is a flagship public land-grant and space-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. Iowa State is classified as a research university with "highest research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Iowa State is also a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which consists of 60 leading research universities in North America. Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation's first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.

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Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum properties

“Scientists are using light waves to accelerate supercurrents and access the unique properties of the quantum world, including forbidden light emissions that one day could be applied to high-speed, quantum computers, communications and other technologies. The scientists have seen unexpected …

Engineers solve 50-year-old puzzle in signal processing

“Something called the fast Fourier transform is running on your cell phone right now. The FFT, as it is known, is a signal-processing algorithm that you use more than you realize. It is, according to the title of one research …

Physicists use light flashes to discover, control new quantum states of matter

“Jigang Wang can break his research goals into just a few words: “To discover and control quantum states of matter.” But, it takes paragraphs, analogies, illustrations, internet searches and a willingness to decipher talk about “non-equilibrium quantum phase discovery via …

Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

“Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery in quantum control that could lead to superfast computing based on quantum mechanics: He mentioned light-induced superconductivity without energy gap. He brought up forbidden supercurrent quantum beats. And he mentioned terahertz-speed symmetry breaking …

Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

“The satellite images are full of red warnings: Miles and miles of bright red along the Louisiana coast; boiling reds covering most of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. The images show harmful algae blooms that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Physicists use terahertz flashes to uncover new state of matter hidden by superconductivity

“Using the physics equivalent of the strobe photography that captures every twitch of a cheetah in full sprint, researchers have used ultrafast spectroscopy to visualize electrons interacting as a hidden state of matter in a superconductive alloy. It takes intense …

Engineers studying nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

“Tiny defects in electrical insulating materials may lead to breakdowns, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Xiaoli Tan, an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, is working to understand how those …

Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

“A new smart and responsive material can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle, say the Iowa State University engineers who developed it. Stress a muscle and it gets stronger. Mechanically stress the rubbery material – say with a twist or a …

Engineers developing tools to understand, scale up autothermal production of bio-oil

“On a whim, Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown asked students to crank up the oxygen. Brown and the engineers in his research group had worked for years to develop a thermochemical process called fast pyrolysis to produce biorenewable …

Engineers develop flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics

“New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water repellent. The nanotechnology “would lend enormous value to self-cleaning wearable/washable electronics that are resistant to stains, or ice and biofilm formation,” according to …

Engineers make wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

“Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots, to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves. This was …

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

“Zhe Fei pointed to the bright and dark vertical lines running across his computer screen. This nano-image, he explained, shows the waves associated with a half-light, half-matter quasiparticle moving inside a semiconductor. “These are waves just like water waves,” said …