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Prof. M. Morii

The Department of Physics would like to congratulate Professor Masahiro Morii on his appointment as Department Chair.



World-wide quantum clock network
A quantum network of atomic clocks could create even more accurate and stable time-keeping devices than present atomic clocks, reports a paper published online this week in Nature Physics. Such a network could have technological applications as well as provide a resource for Earth science studies and fundamental tests...


Prof. M. Franklin

Melissa Franklin, an experimental particle physicist, has had a career of firsts, some scientific, some social. Read an Interview with Prof. Melissa Franklin in the Harvard Gazette.



Among physics students there exists a wide variety of misconceptions, generally thought to be robust and resistant to change. In their Commentary in Nature Physics, Professor Eric Mazur and colleagues from SEAS and John Abbott College, Montreal...


Figure 4: Holographic continuation
Understanding the dynamics of quantum systems without long-lived excitations (quasiparticles) constitutes an important yet challenging problem. Although numerical techniques can yield results for the dynamics in imaginary time, their reliable continuation to real time has proved difficult...


Commencement 2014

Mehrtash Babadi, Yang Ting Chien, Sujit Datta, Joshua Dorr, Ben Feldman, Jerome Fung, Michael Gullans, Angela Kou, Andrew McCormick, Matthew Barr, Jennifer Hou, Yat Shan Au, Chi-Ming Chang, Yiwen Chu, Michael Grinolds, Rodrigo Guerra...



Fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene
The nature of fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states is determined by the interplay between the Coulomb interaction and the symmetries of the system. The unique combination of spin, valley, and orbital degeneracies in bilayer graphene is predicted to produce an unusual and tunable sequence of FQH states...


Ariel Amir
Harvard Physics Junior Fellow Ariel Amir is moving to SEAS to become an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics.  His research interests encompass several fields, amongs them theory of glasses, biophysics, and structural coloration...


Graduate student Andy Yen is one of the founders of ProtonMail: the first end-to-end encrypted email service which is web based and easy to use. PhotonMail is said to be so secure that its data is inaccessible even to ProtonMail's own servers and and thus cannot be cracked...



Prof. Eric Mazur

Prof. Eric Mazur is the first winner of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. In recognizing Dr. Mazur for his significant contributions to improving higher education, the Minerva Academy specifically noted his development of Peer Instruction...



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