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Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Moore’s Law is the observation that computing speed doubles every 18 months; we expect our computers to become smaller, faster and cheaper. In the last few years, Moore’s Law appears to be reaching its physical limit. Electronics cannot get any smaller. Physicists at the University of Utah are conducting fundamental research on materials that could hail the next advance in electronics: organic semiconductors, non-linear optical solids, high-Tc superconductors, spin electronics, quasicrystals, etc. The University of Utah is recognized as a leader in developing techniques for understanding the properties of these materials, including atomic force microscopy and tunable infrared lasers. Our condensed matter experimentalists also study other exotic materials, such as hyperpolarized noble gases, atomically thin materials, and low temperature quantum solids.

Faculty

Listed alphabetically by last name.

Ailion   Boehme   Deemyad

David Ailion

Basic physics & applications of hyperpolarized (HP) gases.

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Hyperpolarized Noble Gases

 

Christoph Boehme

Spin Electronics

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Utah MRSEC

 

Shanti Deemyad

Physics of matter at extreme conditions of pressure & temperature.

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Utah MRSEC

Deshpande   Gerton   Lafalce

Vikram Deshpande

Emergent physical phenomena in atomically-thin materials including graphene, topological insulators & other new 2D materials & their heterostructures. Novel hybrid experimental tools & potential applications.

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Jordan Gerton

Pushing the limits of nanometer-scale optical microscopy techniques, with the goal of studying molecular-scale biological systems. Investigating the fundamental interactions between light & matter at the nanometer scale.

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Nano-Optics

 

Evan Lafalce

Parity-time symmetric lasers and properties of Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite semiconductors (OIHP)

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Li   Malissa   Rogachev

Sarah Li

Ultrafast magneto-optical spectroscopy, magneto-optical spin noise spectroscopy & polarization-resolved photoluminescence on semiconductor nanostructures, physics of spin decoherence/dephasing & relaxation.

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Hans Malissa

Spin electronics.

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Andrey Rogachev

Mesoscopic Superconductivity & Magnetism, Quantum Phase Transitions, Superconductor – Insulator Transition, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Electron Transport & Noise in Disordered Systems, Structures & Devices, and Precision Measurements.

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Symko   Vardeny   Williams

Orest Symko

Thermoacoustics & Quasicrystals

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Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology

 

Valy Vardeny

Transient & steady state optical, electronic & spintronic properties of organic semiconductors in the time domain from femtoseconds to minutes.

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Utah MRSEC

 

Clayton Williams

Physical properties of solid surfaces & molecules on a nanometer scale.

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Nanoscale Imaging
Utah MRSEC

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