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Research topics and nanotechnology.

  1. Aug 23, 2013 #1


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    Can someone elaborate on E.E research topics and current-active research programs? I have read about photonics, optical computing, quantum computing and semi-conductors.

    I plan on doing a project and small research on an undergraduate level. I tried to do a research on tokamaks and confining plasma but it is not a main topic in E.E, even though it is related somehow; I also wanted to assemble and build a small plasma reactor but the ideas that I wanted to test were a bit too advanced and complex.

    Suggesting a book, lecture or documentary would be good.

    Note: I haven't completed calculus and calculus based physics yet.
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  3. Aug 24, 2013 #2


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    I will start.

    Photonic transistor/ optical transistor.

    Any experts here? I read about Harvard researchers tunneling two photons and trapping one in an atom as an "on" position, thus acting like a transistor.

    Discuss? I will read more about but I doubt my ability to research something on the nano-scale.
  4. Aug 24, 2013 #3
    Im a bit unsure what it is you are asking for. As far as I know, undergrads don't do research. At least not here in Denmark they don't.

    Here we take a Bachelor Degree, and then a whats equivalent to a Masters Degree or Graduate Degree I guess. But it isn't before after the Masters degree that you can apply for a research position as a Ph. D.

    Bachelor normally takes 3 years and masters take 2 years. And then you do a 2-3 year Ph. D. research.

    So, when you are talking about E.E. research on the undergrad level I really have no idea what that is, is it part of a project?
    My E.E. education contains no research, it is learning theory and applying theory in practical areas, and then there are projects where we build different stuff, ending up with a project for a company.

    The areas you are talking about sounds to my like a more physics related subject than E.E, and if it is E.E., i would imagine that it would be part of a Masters/Graduate program, and no an undergrad program.

    But I might be completely wrong.
  5. Aug 24, 2013 #4


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    I am talking strictly about US style universities. You can work on research, not necessarily something on your schedule/curriculum.

    For example, most top universities offer courses in research and research opportunities for undergraduates; MIT has UROP, which stands for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

    That is not my main concern. The topics that I brought up are closely related to E.E, as the latter deals with electromagnetism, electric circuits, computing and electric circuits.

    Photonics and quantum computing have a lot to do with E.E.

    I will research the subject more and make a new informative-type topic about research opportunities and current research programs in E.E.

    Actually Stanford lists quantum computing and photonics as part of E.E research. I am not betting on getting in Stanford, but I will try to come up with a project.
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