A new route to a quantum internet
Aug. 31, 2023
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

While today’s classical data signals can get amplified across a city or an ocean, quantum signals cannot. They must be repeated in intervals — that is, stopped, copied and passed on by specialized machines called quantum repeaters. Many experts believe these quantum repeaters will play a key role in future communication networks, allowing…

Exploratory Energy Research Fund fuels explorations into urban solar panels and batteries for electrical grid storage
Aug. 21, 2023
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Two new projects that propel investigations in sustainable energy generation and storage have been awarded funding via the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for Exploratory Energy Research.

The fund…

Engineers look to an old source to empower the future of computer vision
July 10, 2023
Written by Adam Hadhazy for Engineering Communications

Artificial intelligence seems perfect for creating massive sets of images needed to train autonomous cars and other machines to see their environment, but current generative AI systems have shortcomings that can limit their use. Now, engineers at Princeton have developed a software system to overcome those limits and quickly create image sets…

Scientists discover exotic quantum state at room temperature
Oct. 26, 2022
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

Researchers at Princeton found that a material known as a topological insulator, made from l the elements bismuth and bromine, exhibit specialized quantum behaviors normally seen only under extreme experimental conditions of high pressures and temperatures near absolute zero. 

Radhika Nagpal joins the faculty, expanding research in robotics and collective intelligence
July 14, 2022
Written by By Molly Sharlach, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Radhika Nagpal, an expert in bio-inspired robotic systems and collective behavior, has joined the Princeton faculty as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer science. On July 1 she was appointed the Norman R. Augustine …

Google, GE, ClearPath have joined a new Princeton research consortium focusing on low-carbon technology
June 6, 2022
Written by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Applying academic research to help accelerate low-carbon innovation, Princeton’s ZERO lab has created a new coalition, bringing together corporations and researchers focused on scalable clean energy technologies. The consortium, aligned with the corporate membership program Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, includes founding members Google, GE…

Unmasking the magic of superconductivity in twisted graphene
Oct. 20, 2021
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

The discovery in 2018 of superconductivity in two single-atom-thick layers of graphene stacked at a precise angle of 1.1 degrees (called ‘magic’-angle twisted bilayer graphene) came as a big surprise to the scientific community. Since the discovery, physicists have asked whether magic graphene’s superconductivity can…

Faculty to lead development of quantum simulators in major NSF-funded effort
Sept. 2, 2021
Written by Scott Lyon, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Seeking a detailed blueprint for early quantum computing applications, Princeton researchers have joined a multi-institutional effort to develop large-scale simulators to study complex quantum systems.

The National Science Foundation’s Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation, announced on September 2, brings…

Princeton-led team discovers unexpected quantum behavior in kagome lattice
June 18, 2021
Written by Department of Physics

An international team led by researchers at Princeton University has uncovered a new pattern of ordering of electric charge in a novel superconducting material.

The researchers discovered the new type of ordering in a material containing atoms arranged in a peculiar structure known as a kagome lattice. While researchers already…

Engineering and artificial intelligence combine to safeguard COVID-19 patients
Jan. 26, 2021
Written by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

Spurred by the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Princeton and Google are applying mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence to increase the availability and effectiveness of ventilation treatments worldwide.

Ventilators and their support equipment are expensive and complex devices that require expert attention…