Eleven hours after a massive volcanic explosion rocked the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, sound waves from the blast rolled over the state of Georgia – though not many people beyond John Trostel may have noticed.
Director of the Severe Storms Research Center (SSRC) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Trostel saw the rumbling sound waves that began with the Tonga blast on instruments at the research center, which is developing new ways to detect severe storms such as tornadoes.
Digitally-reconfigurable modular hardware and software building blocks designed to work together are key components of GTRI’s Software-Defined Configurable RF Array (COBRA) initiative, which is intended to facilitate rapid development of low-cost phased-array radar systems for ground, airborne, spaceborne, electronic warfare, communication, and other applications.
Trapped ions excited with a laser beam can be used to create entangled qubits in quantum information systems, but addressing several stationary pairs of ions in a trap requires multiple optical switches and complex controls. Now, scientists at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have demonstrated the feasibility of a new approach that moves trapped ion pairs through a single laser beam, potentially reducing power requirements and simplifying the system.
A new and comprehensive database of healthcare claims paid in the state of Georgia will help identify disease trends, provide information for making public policy decisions, facilitate new research – and offer a way for consumers to determine the average cost of common procedures such as knee replacement or diagnostic testing such as MRIs.