Honorable Mention - Mark Huntington

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Graduate Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Imagine what we could learn if we could see the inside of something as tiny as a cell. In the future, nanoscale lasers could be used in medical applications to illuminate cells at a microscopic level. This would allow for an even closer look at the building blocks of life. Huntington and his colleagues are working to perfect such technology using gold nanoparticles.

In this image, gold is deposited at an angle to create triangular gold particles. These particles focus light into nanoscale lasers by transferring the energy of electrons.