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University of Utah

Massood Tabib-Azar and Pradeep Pai, University of Utah

Caption: University of Utah electrical engineers Massood Tabib-Azar and Pradeep Pai fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. They could be used in robots sent into a damaged reactor facility and could keep working during a nuclear attack. Someday they also might make it possible for smartphones to act as a battlefield X-ray machines or for other devices to measure air quality in real time.

Credit: Dan Hixson, College of Engineering, University of Utah.

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