Some of the universe’s greatest mysteries could soon be resolved thanks to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a huge radio telescope that will be built in South Africa and Australia. Several EPFL labs are involved in this epic project.
Jun Ma and Elison Matioli of the EPFL School of Engineering have used slanted tri-gate structures to enhance the breakdown voltage of gallium nitride (GaN) metal-oxide-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors (MOSHEMTs) by 500V. They claim a record 1.2GW/cm2 high-power figure of merit.
For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3-D printing. Read more about the Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices work in Science Daily.
EPFL scientists are developing a lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton that can be controlled with brainwaves. The device enhances performance of brain-machine interfaces and can restore functional grasps for the physically impaired.
Scientists have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory. The development team included engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
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