Almost from the moment Charles Kane and Eugene Mele predicted the existence of an odd new type of electronic material — a wafer-thin hybrid of an insulator and a conductor — it was expected to play a role in future generations of ultra-fast computers.
The practical applications of that 2005 discovery still lie in the future, but Kane and Mele were named the winners of a mammoth personal reward on Wednesday. The two University of Pennsylvania physics professors are to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
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Source: The Associated Press