Condensed Matter Physics

Breaking Up is Hard To Do (for Electrons in High Temperature Superconductors)

Physicists used to think that superconductivity – electricity flowing without resistance or loss – was an all or nothing phenomenon. But new evidence suggests that it’s not so clear cut, at least in copper oxide superconductors. “If we understood why copper oxide is a superconductor at such high temperatures, we might be able to synthesize a better one”, says UConn physicist Ilya Sochnikov. Sochnikov and his colleagues at Rice University, Brookhaven National Lab and Yale recently figured out part of that puzzle, and they report their results in the latest issue of Nature.

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Physics students boost interdisciplinary research in materials

PhD student Lukasz Kuna and undergraduate Hope Whitelock participate in a symposium “Mesoscopic phenomena in ceramic materials” arranged by Materials Scientist Serge Nakhmanson at the “Electronic and Advanced Materials Conference” in Orlando, Florida. Four UConn students including Tulsi Patel, Krishna Chaitanya Pitike, Lukasz Kuna and Hope Whitlock showcased their research.

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Undergraduate achievements receive wide attention

Whoever said rules were made to be broken wasn’t a physicist. When something doesn’t act the way you think it should, either the rules are wrong, or there’s new physics to be discovered. Which is exactly what UConn’s Connor Occhialini ’18 (CLAS), an honors student majoring in physics and math, found when he began researching scandium fluoride. Most materials swell as they heat up. Scandium fluoride must be doing something else, reasoned Occhialini. […]

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Physics student John Mangeri wins prestigious fellowship

John Mangeri’s Award Lands Him in Argonne National Laboratory John Mangeri (left) with his SCGSR-award host Dr. Olle Heinonen (right) in front of the Chemistry building (bldg. 200) at Argonne National Laboratory. (Photo credit to Dr. Andrea Jokisaari) By Katherine Eastman John Mangeri, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Serge Nakhmanson’s “Complex Materials by Computational Design” […]

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Prof. Sochnikov is a recipient of Montana Instruments Cold Science Exploration Awards

Dr. Sochnikov is a recipient of Montana Instruments Cold Science Exploration Awards Lab Startup Grant. Dr. Ilya Sochnikov has just started new scanning SQUID microscopy lab at the University of Connecticut. Ilya Sochnikov’s research focuses on nanoscale quantum phenomena in new materials. An emergence of a new phenomenon or a phase transition occurs when interactions […]

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“Caution: Shrinks When Warm”

October 6, 2015 – Kim Krieger – UConn Communications Jason Hancock, Assistant Professor in Physics, with graduate students, Erin Curry and Sahan Handunkanda, have been investigating a substance that shrinks when it warms. Most materials swell when they warm, and shrink when they cool. But UConn physicist Jason Hancock has been investigating a substance that responds in reverse: […]

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Physicists Solve Low-Temperature Magnetic Mystery

March 26, 2015 – Tim Miller Researchers have made an experimental breakthrough in explaining a rare property of an exotic magnetic material, potentially opening a path to a host of new technologies. From information storage to magnetic refrigeration, many of tomorrow’s most promising innovations rely on sophisticated magnetic materials, and this discovery opens the door to harnessing […]

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  1. Dr. D. Farfurnik, University of Maryland, Dr. D. Farfurnik, University of Maryland, "Enhancing the coherence properties of quantum dots toward quantum photonic applications", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar10:00am 7/14
  2. Prof. L. Levitov, Department of Physics, MIT, Prof. L. Levitov, Department of Physics, MIT, "Long-Lived Excitations, Directional Memory and Hydrodynamic Transport in Two-Dimensional Electron Fluids", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar9:00am 4/10
  3. CANCELLED:, Dr. J. Nathan Hohman, Institute of Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar CANCELLED:, Dr. J. Nathan Hohman, Institute of Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/17
  4. Dr. Sumanta Bandyopadhyay, Nordita, Dr. Sumanta Bandyopadhyay, Nordita, "Superconductivity in a nonhermitian system and Berezinksii classification ", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/11
  5. CANCELLED:, Dr. A. B. Belonoshko, Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar CANCELLED:, Dr. A. B. Belonoshko, Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, CANCELLED: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 3/10
  6. Dr. Evan Philip, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Stony Brook University, Dr. Evan Philip, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Stony Brook University, "Chiral Photocurrents and Terahertz Emission in Dirac/Weyl Semimetals", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 2/19
  7. Dr. I. Zaliznyak, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. I. Zaliznyak, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Entropic elasticity and negative thermal expansion in crystalline solids", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 2/18
  8. Dr. Kiryl Pakrouski, Department of Physics, Princeton University, Dr. Kiryl Pakrouski, Department of Physics, Princeton University, "Automatic design of Hamiltonians", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 1/10
  9. Dr. GiBaik Sim, Department of Physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Dr. GiBaik Sim, Department of Physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, "Interacting spin-3/2 and spin-1 Fermions : Topological superconductivity", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 1/7
  10. Dr. Julia Wildeboer, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of complex systems, Dr. Julia Wildeboer, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of complex systems, "Tales from the Quantum Spin Liquid Crypt", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar4:00pm 12/12
  11. Prof. A. Polkovnikov, Department of Physics, Boston University, Prof. A. Polkovnikov, Department of Physics, Boston University, "Periodically driven quantum systems", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/12
  12. Dr. Adrian Gozar, Applied Physics Department, Yale University , Dr. Adrian Gozar, Applied Physics Department, Yale University , "Optical nano-imaging of novel quantum materials and hetero-structures.", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/10
  13. Dr. Fazel Tafti, Boston College, Dr. Fazel Tafti, Boston College, "Design Principles for the Kitaev Magnets with Emergent Majorana Fermions ", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 12/4
  14. Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, "Electronic nematicity in unconventional superconductors", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/26
  15. Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, Prof. Jie Wu, Westlake University, China, "Electronic nematicity in unconventional superconductors", Cancelled: Special Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/21
  16. Dr. Cyril P. Opeil, Physics Department, Boston College , Dr. Cyril P. Opeil, Physics Department, Boston College , "Condensed Matter from Space: Thermal Properties of CM2 Meteorites", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm 11/19
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