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Condensed Matter - Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
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Mickey McDonald wins 2017 APS Thesis Prize

Dr. Mickey McDonald (PhD'16 in the group of Tanya Zelevinsky) has won the American Physical Society's 2017 Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics. Only one PhD recipient from around the world is honored each year.
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Excitonic superfluid phase in Double Bilayer Graphene

Excitonic superfluid phase in Double Bilayer Graphene J.I.A. Li, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J. Hone, C.R. Dean. Nature Phys., 22,  274  (2017) DOI: 10.1038/nphys4140
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Dimitri Basov wins Vannevar Bush fellowship

Dimitri Basov is the winner of the 2019 Vannevar Bush fellowship
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QClub Seminars

The QClub seminars bring together researchers in the New York area to discuss their latest work on quantum physics, quantum phenomena, and quantum technologyin an informal setting
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D. N. Basov selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics

D. N. Basov selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics The top 1% most-cited in their respective fields over a recent 11-year period.
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Professor Andrew Millis will receive the 2017 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

Professor Andrew Millis will receive the 2017 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics for his groundbreaking research on the electronic properties of correlated materials.
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Michal Lipson awarded the Comstock Prize

Michal Lipson awarded the 2019 Comstock Prize in physics by the National Academy of Sciences
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Michal Lipson elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Michal Lipson elected to the National Academy of Sciences
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Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene

Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene J.I.A.Li, C. Tan, S. Chen, Y. Zeng, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J. Hone, C.R. Dean.  Science 358,  648-652  (2017) DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2521
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Dimitri Basov will receive the Kenneth J Button Prize

Dimitri Basov is the winner of the 2019 Kenneth J Button Prize “for seminal discoveries in quantum material physics through infrared spectroscopy and nano-optics”
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Nanotextured phase coexistence in the correlated insulator V2O3

A. S. McLeod, E. van Heumen, J. G. Ramirez, S. Wang, T. Saerbeck, S. Guenon, M. Goldflam, L. Anderegg, P. Kelly, A. Mueller, M. K. Liu, Ivan K. Schuller and D. N. Basov Nature Physics 13, 80 (2017).
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Intrinsic charge dynamics of High-Tc AFeAs(O,F) superconductors

Among the high-temperature  iron-based superconductors, AFeAs(O,F) (A - rare earth element) or 1111-type materials hold the record for the highest superconducting transition temperature observed in the bulk, up to 55K. We employed an array of state-of-the-art experimental techniques to shed first direct light onto the intrinsic bulk charge carrier dynamics in 1111-type superconductors. We find a remarkably strong itinerant response,...
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New York Joint Quantum Symposium 2019

The Joint Quantum Symposium, chaired by Sebastian Will, took place at Columbia University from April 18 – 19, 2019. Thanks to all speakers and more than 99 participants for two exciting days filled with talks on quantum materials, quantum sensing, quantum simulation, and quantum computation. We hope to see you again next year!
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Sebastian Will receives 2019 NSF CAREER award

Sebastian Will receives 2019 NSF CAREER award for the creation of a “Two-dimensional quantum fabric of ultracold dipolar molecules”. Read More.
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Dimitri Basov wins Vannevar Bush fellowship

Dimitri Basov is the winner of the 2019 Vannevar Bush fellowship
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Michal Lipson awarded the Comstock Prize

Michal Lipson awarded the 2019 Comstock Prize in physics by the National Academy of Sciences
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Michal Lipson elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Michal Lipson elected to the National Academy of Sciences
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D. N. Basov selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics

D. N. Basov selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics The top 1% most-cited in their respective fields over a recent 11-year period.
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QClub Seminars

The QClub seminars bring together researchers in the New York area to discuss their latest work on quantum physics, quantum phenomena, and quantum technologyin an informal setting
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Professor Tanya Zelevinsky will receive the 2019 Francis M. Pipkin Award

Professor Tanya Zelevinsky will receive the 2019 Francis M. Pipkin Award for "For pioneering research on producing ultracold molecules confined in optical lattices and using them for precision spectroscopy, molecular clock techniques, and tests of fundamental physics."
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Dimitri Basov will receive the Kenneth J Button Prize

Dimitri Basov is the winner of the 2019 Kenneth J Button Prize “for seminal discoveries in quantum material physics through infrared spectroscopy and nano-optics”
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Twistable electronics with dynamically rotatable heterostructures

Twistable electronics with dynamically rotatable heterostructures   Rebeca Ribeiro-Palau, Changjian Zhang, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, James Hone, Cory R. Dean.  Science 361, 690 (2018) DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6981
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Fundamental limits to graphene plasmonics

Fundamental limits to graphene plasmonics   G. X. Ni, A. S. McLeod, Z. Sun, L. Wang, L. Xiong, K. W. Post, S. S. Sunku, B.-Y. Jiang, J. Hone, C. R. Dean, M. M. Fogler & D. N. Basov.  Nature 557, 530-533 (2018) DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0136-9
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Intrinsic charge dynamics of High-Tc AFeAs(O,F) superconductors

Among the high-temperature  iron-based superconductors, AFeAs(O,F) (A - rare earth element) or 1111-type materials hold the record for the highest superconducting transition temperature observed in the bulk, up to 55K. We employed an array of state-of-the-art experimental techniques to shed first direct light onto the intrinsic bulk charge carrier dynamics in 1111-type superconductors. We find a remarkably strong itinerant response,...
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Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene

Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene J.I.A.Li, C. Tan, S. Chen, Y. Zeng, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J. Hone, C.R. Dean.  Science 358,  648-652  (2017) DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2521
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Excitonic superfluid phase in Double Bilayer Graphene

Excitonic superfluid phase in Double Bilayer Graphene J.I.A. Li, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J. Hone, C.R. Dean. Nature Phys., 22,  274  (2017) DOI: 10.1038/nphys4140
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Mickey McDonald wins 2017 APS Thesis Prize

Dr. Mickey McDonald (PhD'16 in the group of Tanya Zelevinsky) has won the American Physical Society's 2017 Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics. Only one PhD recipient from around the world is honored each year.
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International Symposium 2017

In honor of the winner of the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics 2017, Prof. Andrew Millis, CUI’s fifth International Symposium covered modern trends in condensed matter physics. CUI and the Joachim Herz Stiftung together presented the prize worth 40.000 Euro in a ceremony on Thursday, 9 November 2017, on Campus Bahrenfeld.
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Nanotextured phase coexistence in the correlated insulator V2O3

A. S. McLeod, E. van Heumen, J. G. Ramirez, S. Wang, T. Saerbeck, S. Guenon, M. Goldflam, L. Anderegg, P. Kelly, A. Mueller, M. K. Liu, Ivan K. Schuller and D. N. Basov Nature Physics 13, 80 (2017).
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Professor Andrew Millis will receive the 2017 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

Professor Andrew Millis will receive the 2017 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics for his groundbreaking research on the electronic properties of correlated materials.
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We perform experimental and theoretical research on condensed matter, atomic and biologically related physics. We have strong links to other activities on campus including the departments of Chemistry, Applied mathematics and Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments. We participate in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and have close connections to the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute.

One of the prominent research directions of the department of physics at Columbia University is the study of physical systems where interactions between large numbers of elementary particles results in new quantum mechanical phenomena. The research areas of Condensed Matter Physics and Atomic Physics are both focused on these questions, as well as on quantum optics and high precision measurements in fundamental physics. The Condensed Matter Physics group studies such phenomena in a variety of solid systems in one, two and three dimensions using theoretical (Aleiner, Altshuler and Millis) and experimental (Basov, Dean, Pasupathy, Pinczuk, Sahin, Uemura) techniques. The Atomic Physics group (Will, Zelevinsky) studies such questions in the context of interacting dilute gases of atoms and molecules cooled to ultralow temperatures.