Hand in Hand: Using the handedness of X-rays to probe the handedness of electronic vortices

Chirality – or handedness – is an intriguing symmetry property in nature and it simply means that a chiral system is non-superposable on its mirror image. An example of a chiral system we all know are our hands: When the thumbs point in the same direction, the palms are opposite. Your hands are mirror images, […]

Professors Asta and Chrzan in New Leadership Roles

Professor Asta ended his term as Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) on January 1, and has assumed the role of Materials Sciences Division Director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Professor Asta’s leadership has been invaluable to MSE, and MSE thanks him for his service.  Though Prof. Asta will be missed as […]

A New Metacanvas for Metamaterials

Unlike natural materials where the properties are defined by their chemical composition, metamaterials are a class of artificial materials where the functionalities and properties are achieved by designing the materials’ microstructures. Typically these metamaterials are made with photolithography of structures composed of both dielectrics and metals. Once made, these meta-structures cannot be altered; if a […]