Newpath Research l.l.c.
Our vision is to conduct research to enable greater understanding in selected topics of basic science and apply the results to meet the needs for advanced technology in our society. Thus, our motto “Innovation–then application” is followed in three steps: Do research, patent the related technology, and publish the results. For example, we discovered how to generate a unique microwave frequency comb by laser-assisted quantum tunneling. In application #1 we apply this effect to develop new instruments for surface science and enable semiconductors to be characterized below the 10-nm lithography node.
Our mission is to work with universities and the National Laboratories to create new paths in science and technology. We patent key applications and the manufacturing and marketing are done by our industrial partners. In an open and nurturing environment fostering independent thinking we generally accept the data others publish but sometimes we reach different conclusions. For example, in the 1980’s others believed that the increase in field emission current caused by a laser is a thermal effect requiring at least 10 µs. However, we found that this delay was caused by their measurement circuit. Our simulations show that the response is 10 orders of magnitude faster than they thought, and we pioneered in developing new ultra-fast optoelectronic devices based on laser-assisted field emission.