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Plasma Waves Studied for New Electronics


IGERT alumni William Stillman, graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic University, works with plasma-wave electronics and terahertz radiation.

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“After nearly 25 years as an electrical engineer in semiconductor development and manufacturing, I headed back to school as an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow.

The focus of my research involves terahertz radiation, about which I knew very little when I first arrived on campus. Up until recently, the terahertz portion of the electromagnetic spectrum has mainly been of value to studies of atmospheric and astronomic phenomena, such as mapping the changes in the Earth’s ozone layer and peering into the origins of the universe. Now, though, applications are exploding.”