A concept for solar cells for space-based electrical power under investigation by a UB EE researcher involves 5-10 micron thick microcrystalline Si films on flexible substrates topped with nanowires (shown here) that provide high optical absorption.
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Researchers in CSEE's Electronics Packaging Laboratory use laser Moire interferometry to measure submicron-scale deformation in solder joints that have been subjected to both elevated temperature and vibration. The lab is a world leader in creating damage mechanics models for electronics.