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New UCLA Engineering research center to revolutionize nanoscale electromagnetic devices
Date:9/5/2012

over the horizon," said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA Engineering. "This new engineering research center's roster includes world-class faculty, and along with the best students in world, they will create and develop amazing new technologies that will certainly be exciting to see."

"We believe this is an opportunity for a truly revolutionary change in miniaturized electromagnetic devices," said Greg Carman, director of the new center and a UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering professor. "If you combine all three of our application areas memory, antennas and motors it really opens the possibilities of what new platforms may become possible. For example, it might be possible to build a remote submarine similar to the one described in the 1960s movie 'Fantastic Voyage.' Imagine a miniature submarine, at length-scales similar to red blood cells, that could be controlled and move through the blood stream.

"Present electromagnetic devices are based on concepts discovered nearly 200 years ago, and, while working well in large systems, they suffer from severe limitations in the small scale," he added. "TANMS overcomes this problem by developing a new, game-changing approach to produce electromagnetic fields using nanoscale multiferroic materials with lengths as small as a few hundred atoms."

Electromagnetic devices are ubiquitous in today's world, from smart phones and computers to the simple motors that automatically roll up car windows. All of these devices operate by passing an electric current through a wire, a concept first demonstrated in the early 1800s. And while this technology works extremely well in the large scale, it fails in the small scale and has been a roadblock to advancements in miniaturization. Much like water flowing through a pipe, as a wire's diameter decreases, so does the amount of current flowing through it, limiting the ability of this currentthrough-a-wire approach to create and control electromag
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Contact: Matthew Chin
mchin@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0680
University of California - Los Angeles
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