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Douglas Natelson
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Here are a few items: This is fantastic .  Eric Schlaepfer, a hardware engineer at Google, has built a "disintegrated circuit", making a 6502 processor (the CPU from the Apple II and also used in one of my favorite undergrad courses back when I took it) out...
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Frontiers in Quantum Materials and Devices 2016 - day 1
There were a number of really interesting talks at the Harvard/MIT sponsored, RIKEN-co-sponsored FQMD workshop this week.   It was a very dense two days!  I have to be a bit careful in what I write, given that some of the work is not yet published.  Here ar...
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The 2016 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience
Every two years the Kavli Foundation awards three large scientific prizes, in astrophysics, neuroscience, and nanoscience.  This year's nanoscience prize goes to Gerd Binnig , Christoph Gerber , and Cal Quate , for the invention and development of the atomi...
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Research blogging: Magnetism in layered materials
Following on from graphene, there has been enormous interest in other layered materials for the last few years, such as transition metal dichalcogenides like MoS 2 .   Depending on the constituents and particular structure, these materials can be semiconduc...
Following on from graphene, there has been enormous interest in other layered materials for the last few years, such as transition metal dichalcogenides like MoS2. Depending on the constituents and particular structure, these materials can be semiconductors, superconductors, charge density wave ...
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Interacting Quantum Systems Driven Out of Equilibrium - day 1
Our workshop was fun and interesting.   There are multiple ways to drive physical systems out of equilibrium - you can take some system and push on it with some force, for example.  In the case of a condensed matter system (whether solid state or trapped co...
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Technical help question: Quantum Design magnet power supplies
I'd like to ask my readers that own Quantum Design PPMS or MPMS instruments for help regarding a technical glitch.  My aging PPMS superconducting magnet power supply (the kind QD calls the H-plate version) has developed a problem.  For high fields (say abov...
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Frontiers in Quantum Materials and Devices 2016 - day 2
Continuing with my very brief (and necessarily incomplete) summary of the FQMD 2016 meeting at RIKEN at the beginning of this week: Eric Heller of Harvard gave a very interesting and provocative talk about two topics, Raman scattering in graphene and then t...
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Quantum materials workshop followup and preview
At the beginning of last month, the Rice Center for Quantum Materials hosted a workshop "Interacting Quantum Systems Driven Out of Equilibrium", which I reported here and here .  As promised, the slides from the talks are now available here  if you click on...
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Journal costs - what's the answer?
Sorry for the brief break in posting - real life obligations sometimes make it tough to blog as frequently as I would like. The Nature Publishing Group is going to launch another five journals  this year.  University library subscription costs for each of t...
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Interacting Quantum Systems Driven Out of Equilibrium - day 2
Continuing into day 2 of our workshop: Bryce Gadway of the University of Illinois spoke about using cold atoms in an optical lattice to simulate topological and disordered systems.  His group has implemented an optical lattice constructed not by interferenc...
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Updates coming - Interacting Quantum Systems Out of Equilibrium
As I'd advertised, the Rice Center for Quantum Materials is hosting a two-day workshop on interacting quantum systems driven out of equilibrium.  This event brings together people from roughly three different perspectives:  people who worry about (solid sta...
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Oxide interfaces for fun and profit
The so-called III-V semiconductors, compounds that combine a group III element (Al, Ga, In) and a group V element (N, As, P, Sb), are mainstays of (opto)electronic devices and condensed matter physics.  They have never taken over for Si in logic and memory ...
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  • Rice University
    Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2000 - present
  • Bell Labs
    Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, 1998 - 2000
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Condensed matter/nanoscale physicist at Rice University
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My professional background:  After an undergrad degree from Princeton in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I went to grad school at Stanford and got a doctorate in physics.  Following a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Labs, I moved to Rice University and established a research program in experimental condensed matter physics, with a particular emphasis on nanoscale science.  If you're interested in this stuff, please think about buying my book - it's a page-turner, and you'll want to finish it before the HBO miniseries spoils the ending. (That last part was a joke.)    I blog regularly about science at Nanoscale Views.   As should be obvious to pretty much everyone, anything I say there or here are my personal views, and in no way are official opinions of Rice University or it's Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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  • Stanford University
    Physics, 1993 - 1998
  • Princeton University
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989 - 1993
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