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3D rendering of stable manganese gallium nitride surface structure (Courtesy of A.R. Smith).
3D rendering of stable manganese gallium nitride surface structure (Courtesy of A.R. Smith).

Nano-Machines, Quantum Dots and More

The nano-scale, at a billionth of a meter, is the size-scale of atoms. At this scale, the world obeys the laws of quantum mechanics, where particles behave like waves and waves appear as particles. In this nano-world, we can predict the properties of semiconductors, used inside computer chips, and build new nano-machines made up of just a few atoms. We use this information to build new devices such as quantum computers and learn about how a property of the electron called spin interacts between nano-scale regions called quantum dots. These topic and others are open to directed research projects by both undergraduate and graduate students.


Dr. Horacio Castillo: Theoretical Condensed Matter

Dr. Gang Chen: Experimental Condensed Matter, Disordered Materials

Dr. David Drabold: Theoretical Condensed Matter, Computational Methodology

Dr. Alexander Govorov: Theoretical Studies of Nanoscale Phenomena

Dr. Saw-Wai Hla: Experimental Nanophysics

Dr. David Ingram: Atomic Collisions in Solids, Thin Film Deposition and Analysis

Dr. Martin Kordesch: Surface Physics

Dr. Nancy Sandler: Theoretical Condensed Matter

Dr. Arthur Smith: Experimental Condensed Matter and Surface Physics

Dr. Eric Stinaff: Experimental Condensed Matter and Spectroscopy of Nanostructures

Dr. Sergio Ulloa: Theoretical Condensed Matter and Quantum Dots

External Links

Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute

American Physical Society—Division of Condensed Matter