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All-optical electrophysiology—spatially resolved simultaneous optical perturbation and measurement of membrane voltage—would open new vistas in neuroscience research. Professor Adam Cohen and colleagues from Harvard, MIT, University of Alberta, Canada, and Beijing Genomics Institute–Shenzhen, China...


Patterns Formed by Shadows of Spheres

Motivated by colloidal lithography, Harvard Physics Grad Student Sarah Kostinski, SEAS Postdoc Elizabeth Chen, and Professor Michael Brenner studied the problem of characterizing periodic planar patterns formed by shadows of spheres. The set of patterns accessible to shadow lithography spanned by lattice types...



fellowships winners

Congratulations to Harvard Physics graduate students Elizabeth Jerison and Debanjan Chowdhury who won the Harvard Merit Scholarship and Nabiha Saklayen who was awarded an International Student Research Fellowship by the Howard Hughes...



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...


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