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MIT research honored with Physics World “Breakthrough of the Year” awards

"Magic-angle" graphene named 2018 Breakthrough of the Year; first ionic plane and earliest evidence of hydrogen gas named to top 10 breakthroughs.

School of Science | MIT Haystack Observatory | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
December 27, 2018

Three scientific and engineering advances led by researchers in the MIT community have been named to Physics World’s 10 Breakthroughs of 2018. One MIT-led discovery received the magazine’s top honor: 2018 Breakthrough of the Year.

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, an associate professor of physics at MIT, was awarded the Breakthrough of the Year award for his leadership role in the discovery that graphene sheets can act as an insulator or a superconductor when rotated at a “magic angle.” Steven Barrett, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, was honored among the top 10 for his team’s success in building and flying the first-ever plane with no moving propulsion parts. Alan Rogers, a scientist at MIT’s Haystack Observatory, was also selected for the top 10 for his contributions to observations of the earliest evidence of hydrogen gas, tracing signals to just 180 million years after the Big Bang.

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