James Webb Space Telescope, as well as other
large ground-based and space-based telescopes
of the future.
Previous sky surveys with ground-based telescopes have mainly picked out giant exoplanets.
NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has recently uncovered the
existence of many smaller exoplanets, but the stars
Kepler examines are faint and difficult to study. In
contrast, TESS will examine a large number of small
planets around the very brightest stars in the sky.
Masdar Institute Etches
First Silicon Wafer in UAE
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an
independent, research-driven graduate-level univer-
sity focused on advanced energy and sustainable
technologies, announces that its research staff have
etched a silicon wafer for the first time in the United
used for high-density capacitors for direct random
access memory (DRAM). More recently they are
used for creating through silicon vias (TSVs) in
advanced 3D wafer level packaging technology.
TSV interconnects are emerging to serve a wide
range of 3D packaging applications.
MEMS devices can be made using silicon
wafers and the manufacturing process can incorporate semiconductor manufacturing processes
such as sputtering, deposition, etching, and lithography. Some MEMS devices include smartphones,
tablets, game controllers, notebooks, and digital
cameras. The technology also enables function-alities such as augmented reality applications,
indoor navigation, immersive video gaming, heart
rate/blood pressure monitoring, e-reader displays,
and improved voice communications.
Brookhaven Lab Opens
Energy Research Building
The doors have opened at the Interdisciplinary
Science Building, a new research facility at the
U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National
Laboratory where scientists will work to drive breakthrough solutions to the nation’s energy challenges.
Scientists at the ISB will engineer and optimize
materials with the goal of developing technologies
for batteries, biofuels, and solar panels. This hub
for energy research at Brookhaven Lab will provide customized laboratories for multidisciplinary
The ISB is an 87,700 ft2 facility which contains offices, 60 standard laboratories, and four
specialty labs with unique features, including a
humidity-controlled dry room where researchers
can safely assemble and test new lithium-ion batteries; two ultra-low vibration laboratories housing
the Spectroscopic Imaging Scanning Tunneling
Microscope (SI-STM) used to explore materials’
electronic structure at the atomic scale; and the
OASIS laboratory, which connects a lab customized for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)—a process
researchers use to fabricate new materials one
atomic layer at a time—with one of the ultra-low
vibration labs via a vacuum-locked system. This
system allows scientists to transport MBE-created
samples directly to the SI-STM microscope without exposing them to air.
The Interdisciplinary Science Building houses a
humidity-controlled dry room, among other labs.