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New hire within recently started Faculty Cluster in Computational and Theoretical Physics

October 29, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas Iadecola to the condensed matter physics group in our department.  He received his PhD from Boston University under the supervision of Prof. Claudio Chamon in 2017.  He has been a JQI Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2017 - 2019.  Tom works on a variety of topics in quantum condensed matter theory, with special emphasis on out-of-equilibrium quantum systems and topological states of matter. Read more about New hire within recently started Faculty Cluster in Computational and Theoretical Physics

Ames Lab researchers awarded DOE funding for Quantum Information Science project

August 26, 2019

Scientists at Ames Laboratory will develop a hybrid quantum and classical computational tool to calculate the properties of quantum materials such as superconductors and rare-earth compounds, funded by an award for $600,000 per year for three years from the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more about Ames Lab researchers awarded DOE funding for Quantum Information Science project

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Prozorov group's paper in Nature Communications Top 50 most read articles

July 25, 2019

An article published by Iowa State University Professor and Ames Laboratory researcher Ruslan Prozorov and his group -- "Using controlled disorder to probe the interplay between charge order and superconductivity in NbSe2" -- was one of the most read Nature Communications physics articles in 2018. The article was number 18 out of the 50 most-read articles, based on data from altmetric.com, covering January-December 2018. Read more about Prozorov group's paper in Nature Communications Top 50 most read articles

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Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

July 3, 2019

A team lead by Iowa State Professor and Ames Laboratory Researcher Jigang Wang demonstrated that THz light can be used to control some of the essential quantum properties of superconducting states, including macroscopic supercurrent flowing, broken symmetry and accessing certain very high frequency quantum oscillations thought to be forbidden by symmetry. Read more about Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

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Ames Lab physicist Vladimir Kogan recognized with 2019 Abrikosov Prize

May 29, 2019

Ames Laboratory Scientist Vladimir Kogan was awarded the Abrikosov Prize in Vortex Matter today at the International Workshop on Vortex Matter in Superconductors, at a ceremony in Antwerp, Belgium.

As written on the workshop website: "The laureates of the 2019 Abrikosov prize areProf. Vladimir Kogan and Prof. Eli Zeldov, for their pioneering contributions to understanding vortices in high-Tc superconductors." Read more about Ames Lab physicist Vladimir Kogan recognized with 2019 Abrikosov Prize

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2D insulators with ferromagnetic properties are rare; collaborating researchers from ISU, Brookhaven and Princeton just identified a new one

May 9, 2019

Collaborating scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Princeton University have discovered a new layered ferromagnetic semiconductor, a rare type of material that holds great promise for next-generation electronic technologies.

The Ames Lab Press Release is found here.  Read more about 2D insulators with ferromagnetic properties are rare; collaborating researchers from ISU, Brookhaven and Princeton just identified a new one

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Alan Goldman wins the 2019 Marie Dubois Award for Excellence in Quasicrystal Research

March 14, 2019

Congratulations to Alan Goldman for winning the Marie Dubois Award for Excellence in Quasicrystal Research.  The Award was established to recognize important, sustained research on any aspect of quasicrystals within the 10-year period preceding the award.  Alan is the first recipient from the U.S. and will receive the award at the International Conference on Quasicrystals in Slovenia this May. 

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Soukoulis named National Academy of Inventors 2018 Fellow

February 15, 2019

Costas M. Soukoulis, Ames Laboratory senior scientist and Iowa State University Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, has been named as a 2018 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

Soukoulis was chosen for induction having “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”  Read more about Soukoulis named National Academy of Inventors 2018 Fellow

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Theory Cluster Hire

October 13, 2018

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University (ISU) seeks candidates for faculty positions at a junior level for a cluster of positions in theoretical physics and astrophysics. 

More details can be found in the job advertisment

Applications, including three letters of recommendation, must be submitted online by December 3, 2018 to guarantee full consideration. Read more about Theory Cluster Hire

Condensed Matter Group at ISU part of new Center for Advancement of Topological Semimetals (CATS) lead by Ames Laboratory

October 13, 2018

Condensed Matter Physics faculty members participate in the new DOE Center for the Advancement of Topological Semimetals (CATS) that was recently established. The Department of Energy (DOE) will award Ames Laboratory $10.75 million in funding over four years for a new Center for Advancement of Topological Semimetals, one of DOE’s newest Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). Read more about Condensed Matter Group at ISU part of new Center for Advancement of Topological Semimetals (CATS) lead by Ames Laboratory

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"A nanovolcano array": CMP research from ISU and Ames Laboratory Scientists featured in Physics Today

May 24, 2018

Recent research of Ames Lab Scientist and ISU Professor Rana Biswas together with colleagues from Engineering Departments on nanostructures  has been featured in this month's Physics Today - May 2018 - volume 5, page 72-  in the section Back Scatter on the last page of the issue. 

The title of the feature is  " A nanovolcano array".   It can also be viewed online at   https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3930 Read more about "A nanovolcano array": CMP research from ISU and Ames Laboratory Scientists featured in Physics Today

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Missing link to novel superconductivity revealed

March 1, 2018

Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a state of magnetism that may be the missing link to understanding the relationship between magnetism and unconventional superconductivity. The research, recently published in npj Nature Quantum Materials, provides tantalizing new possibilities for attaining superconducting states in iron-based materials. Read more about Missing link to novel superconductivity revealed

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Canfield awarded James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials by the American Physical Society

February 9, 2017

Iowa State University physicist Paul Canfield, who develops new materials with novel properties, has received a five-year, $1.7 million Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto, Calif.

Canfield and his research team will use the funds to further their work in the discovery of new electronic and magnetic compounds – often in single-crystal form – and the study of their electrical, magnetic and thermal properties. These scientific discoveries can lead to new technologies or products that improve the lives of people around the world.

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Tringides receives the 2017 Theodore E. Madey Award from the American Vacuum Society

February 9, 2017

Michael C. Tringides received the 2017 Theodore E. Madey Award from the American Vacuum Society for his excellence in internationally collaborative research.

Tringides, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory and a professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University explores how atoms move on surfaces. The process is essential in making nanotechnologies, such as computer transistors of much smaller size.
According to Tringides, a computer’s speed depends on how far the electrons have to go across transistors. Current computer transistors may have hundreds of atoms along a linear dimension. Tringides hopes his work will be used to reduce that to only two or three.

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CMP group researchers win W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop nanoscope

February 9, 2017

Jigang Wang, Zhe Fei, Paul C. Canfield and Costas Soukoulis are working to build a powerful instrument capable of exploring and tuning materials in ways that could help solve the world’s energy, information processing and data storage needs.

The researchers call their proposed instrument an extreme quantum terahertz nanoscope.

The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles – one of the country’s largest philanthropic organizations – recently awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant to support construction, commissioning and initial use of the nanoscope. The project will be known as the W.M. Keck Initiative in Ultrafast Quantum Microscopy of Emergent Orders.

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NSF and DOE honors for Rebecca Flint

February 6, 2017

NSF and DOE honors for Rebecca Flint

Flint, who is also a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Ames Laboratory associate, will receive a $500,000 grant for her research in stabilizing “spin liquids.” A spin liquid is a state of matter with properties that remain unorganized even at low temperatures. “We live in one universe with one set of rules for protons and electrons,” Flint said, who also earned a $750,000 Early Career Award from the DOE this month. “I want to find whole new little universes.”

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