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From SIMES: A Future with Smart Rock?
Seen around SLAC: Renovations
Reduce, Reuse, RecycleMania!

SLAC Today

Thursday - January 27, 2011

From SIMES: A Future with Smart Rock?

(Image - ARPES data)
Comparison of ARPES data from strontium titanate (SrTiO3) and indium arsenide (InAs). The long tail in the strontium titanate data is a signature of strong electronic interaction. Its dispersion (blue lines) nevertheless reveals the interacting electrons with relatively fast velocity.

As materials researchers, the first things that come to mind when we talk about oxides are rocks and sand—hardly anything we associate with the smart materials sought for future electronic devices. Indeed the idea of smart oxides sounds very farfetched. However, this may change.

Today's electronic devices largely rely on a single property of semiconductors—the remarkable tunability of their conductivity. The use of this property in devices was made possible by the extraordinary progress in materials science that now routinely permits growth of extremely high-purity compounds. For decades, it was thought that the chemical complexity of oxides would result in devices much inferior to those based on conventional semiconductors.  Read more...

Disassembled cubicles and lonely office chairs await removal from Buildling 28. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Seen around SLAC: Renovations

This may seem a rather forlorn sight, but it presages better times for Building 28. Work to prepare the building for renovation continues, while the actual renovation should begin in February, with the building ready for its new occupants in October.

More information about the future Building 28, including a floor plan and rendering of the finished building, are available on the RSB site.

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleMania!

Starting Sunday, February 6, SLAC will join Stanford University in RecycleMania, a friendly eight-week long competition, where colleges and universities around the country compete to see who ranks best in recycling and trash reduction.

You can help contribute to Stanford's RecycleMania performance by taking that extra effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Print responsibly: set print defaults to double-sided printing and consider alternatives to hard copies.
  • Use bins labeled "compostable" at the SLAC Cafeteria for food waste and compostable serviceware, and ask for reusable plates when eating in.
  • Send excess materials to SLAC Salvage.
  • Recycle paper in green "mixed paper" containers.
  • Recycle plastic bags, air pillows and bubble wrap by placing these in "mixed paper" containers.
  • Recycle glass, aluminum and plastic bottles and cans in the green "bottles & cans" containers. (Stanford’s recycler now accepts all plastic containers except polystyrene #6.)
  • Recycle all cardboard boxes in the "cardboard only" bins staged at various locations or check with your building manager to identify how corrugated cardboard is handled in your building.

If you need additional recycling containers in your area, please alert your building manager, who can order additional containers from the Facilities Department. For more information on SLAC’s recycling program contacts, please see SLAC's recycling site.

As an added incentive during the eight weeks of competition, there will be a weekly raffle drawing to recognize participants. See raffle details including how to enter on the Recyclemania site.




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