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Young Nanoelectronics Researcher Wins Australian Science Award

Photonics.com
Oct 2006
Semiconductor nanoelectronics expert Adam Micolich has been named one of five University of New South Wales (UNSW) winners of the 2006 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, presented Friday night at the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, Australia. Micolich is working on nanoscale electronic devices for information technologies such as computers, play stations, mobile phones and the Internet. A lecturer in the UNSW Department of Condensed Matter Physics, he has been involved in several discoveries, including fractal conductance fluctuations in electron billiards and a new hybrid organic-inorganic superconductor material. Established in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy & Science, the awards recognize Australians between the ages of 25 and 35 who excel at research, leadership and communication in the sciences, including physical, biomedical, applied sciences, engineering and technology. A total of 15 awards were presented for 2006 by the institute to winners across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Young Tall Poppy recipients act as "ambassadors" for science by encouraging interest among young people in scientific careers and promoting science across Australia.


GLOSSARY
electron
A charged elementary particle of an atom; the term is most commonly used in reference to the negatively charged particle called a negatron. Its mass at rest is me = 9.109558 x 10-31 kg, its charge is 1.6021917 x 10-19 C, and its spin quantum number is 1/2. Its positive counterpart is called a positron, and possesses the same characteristics, except for the reversal of the charge.
superconductor
A metal, alloy or compound that loses its electrical resistance at temperatures below a certain transition temperature referred to as Tc. High-temperature superconductors occur near 130 K, while low-temperature superconductors have Tc in the range of 4 to 18 K.
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