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Douglas Natelson
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Condensed matter/nanoscale physicist at Rice University
Condensed matter/nanoscale physicist at Rice University

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Faculty position at Rice - theoretical astro-particle/cosmology
Assistant
Professor Position at Rice University in Theoretical
Astro-Particle Physics/Cosmology The Department of Physics and
Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, invites applications for a
tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor level...

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Faculty position at Rice - experimental condensed matter
Faculty Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Rice
University The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston,
TX invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental
condensed matter physics.   The depa...

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DOE experimental condensed matter physics PI meeting, day 3
And from the last half-day of the meeting: Because the mobile electrons in graphene have an energy-momentum relationship similar to that of relativistic particles, the physics of electrons bound to atomic-scale defects in graphene has much in common with th...

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DOE experimental condensed matter PI meeting, day 2
More things I learned: I've talked about skyrmions before.  It turns out that by coupling a ferromagnet to a strong spin-orbit coupling metal, one can stabilize skyrmions at room temperature.  They can be visualized using magnetic transmission x-ray microsc...

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DOE experimental condensed matter PI meeting, day 1
I'm pressed for time, so this is brief, but here are some things I learned yesterday: An electric field perpendicular to the plane can split and shift the Landau levels of bilayer graphene.  See here . The quantum Hall effect in graphene and other 2d system...

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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter PI meeting, 2017
The Basic Energy Sciences program is part of the US Department of Energy's Office of Science , and they are responsible for a lot of excellent science research funding.  The various research areas within BES have investigator meetings every two years, and a...

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Capillary action - the hidden foe in the physics relevant to storms
There is an enormous amount of physics involved in storms and floods.   The underlying, emergent properties of water are key to much of this. An individual water molecule can move around, and it can vibrate and rotate in various ways, but it's not inherentl...

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Hurricanes, heat engines, etc.
Looks like it's going to be a wet few days, with the arrival of Harvey .   I've mentioned previously that hurricanes and tropical storm systems are heat engines - they basically use the temperature difference between the heated water in the ocean and the co...
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