Condensed Matter Physics

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. Thomas Allison, Stony Brook University, Dr. Thomas Allison, Stony Brook University, "Ultrafast extreme ultraviolet photoemission without space charge", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm12/4
  2. Dr. Turgut Yilmaz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Turgut Yilmaz, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Topological insulators and their interaction with magnetic impurities and superconductors", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm11/13
  3. Dr. Jeff Powell, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Dr. Jeff Powell, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Photoelectron emission from metal and dielectric nanoparticles in intense laser fields", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm10/9
  4. Dr. Marein Rahn, Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Marein Rahn, Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "RIXS study of the Anderson Lattice compound CePd", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm9/4
  5. Fryderyk Lyzwa, Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Fryderyk Lyzwa, Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, "Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of LAO/STO (001) heterostructures", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar1:30pm8/16
  6. Connor A. Occhialini, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Connor A. Occhialini, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Negative thermal expansion near two structural quantum phase transitions", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm8/2
  7. Dr. Ryan E. Baumbach, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, "Probing hidden order in URu2Si2: Si → P chemical substitution as a new knob to turn", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm5/1
  8. Dr. Maitri Warusawithana, Department of Physics, University of North Florida, Dr. Maitri Warusawithana, Department of Physics, University of North Florida, "Emergent New Electronic Properties in Atomic Layer Complex Oxide Superlattices", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm4/24
  9. Dr. Daniel Mazzone, National Synchrotron Light Source II, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. Daniel Mazzone, National Synchrotron Light Source II, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Intertwined degrees of freedom in the series Nd1-xCexCoIn5", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm4/10
  10. Dr. Wiewei Xie, Louisiana State University, Dr. Wiewei Xie, Louisiana State University, "Chemistry Perspectives to Design New Quantum Materials", Condensed Matter Physics Seminar2:00pm1/23
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