Machine Design

Research may yield cheaper, faster semiconductor materials

Superefficient wireless gear is expected to be one result of research by a multiuniversity team funded by a Dept. of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant.

Georgia Institute of Technology heads up the team, which also includes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton, University of Maryland, Cornell, Penn State, and the University of Minnesota. They will develop epitaxial multifunction materials — multilayer single-crystal oxide thin films and multilayer single-crystal junctions for semiconductors. Applications include high-frequency, high temperature, and high-power devices such as radar equipment.

“The grant is significant in that it supports fundamental research in support of national defense, but the applications cross over into the commercial sector as well,” says Arthur Sanderson, Rensselaer vice president of research.

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