A team of faculty led by Professor
The grant was awarded through the Army Research Office from the
"We can perform thickness measurements with this instrument; we can measure very thin structures," Zollner said. "Crystals are made out of atoms which have regular arrangements. There are bonds between the atoms and these bonds have certain lengths and the atoms are certain distances apart. This device can measure distances between atoms, bond angles, lengths of crystal structures and film thickness, and can be applied to a broad range of materials - semiconductors, metals and oxides."
Zollner, head of the physics department in the
The device will aid scientists pursuing a variety of research areas at NMSU, including Zollner's colleagues Heinz Nakotte and Edwin Fohtung of the physics department and
"This acquisition is truly an interdisciplinary collaboration of two departments in two different colleges," Zollner said.
"I commend Dr. Zollner for his efforts to secure this award," said Vice President for Research
Zollner, an expert in the areas of semiconductor process integration, complementary metal-oxide semiconductors, device engineering, semiconductor metrology and process control, and optical properties of materials, said he is especially interested in preparing students in the operation of these instruments.
"My goal is training students so they can be successful and get jobs," he said. "It would be a misconception to think that only faculty perform the research on campus. I would rather compare a faculty member to the director of our marching band, who supports and directs the band from the sideline; but the music is produced by the students on the field. It is the same with research.
"I'm confident we've only seen the tip of the iceberg in semiconductor technologies and many innovations and energy applications are still ahead of us."
A self-described basic scientist, Zollner explained that many consumer technologies (smart phones, for example, which contain semiconductor chips) would not exist without basic research at the university level.
Physics graduate student
Although there is no semiconductor industry in
During the rally, Luo gave a brief presentation of the research she is conducting, researching chemical solutions to creating metal oxide films.
"You look at this project and you see research, teaching and outreach all coming together," said
The XRD is expected to be installed this fall.
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