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Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics

The Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics is an Energy Frontier Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The goal of the Center is to explore and exploit the unique physics of nanostructured materials to boost the efficiency of solar energy conversion. Center scientists pursue this goal through novel light-matter interactions, controlled excited-state dynamics, and engineered carrier-carrier coupling. Breakthroughs in solar energy conversion are expected to come from discoveries of new physical phenomena and/or materials with engineered functionalities. Center scientists are positioned to offer new processes that could yield progress toward the Center goal by tailoring electronic properties and unique physics of ultra-small matter in the form of both quantum-confined semiconductors and nanostructured metals.

The Center, which is co-led by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partners with scientists at the Colorado School of Mines; Rice University; University of California, Irvine; University of Colorado; University of Minnesota; and George Mason University.

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