Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy and Strange Metals

November 16, 2015

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The combination of general relativity and quantum theory led Jacob Bekenstein and Stephen Hawking to the startling result that black hole horizons obey thermodynamics and possess an entropy and a temperature. A reasonable interpretation of the black hole entropy is that it is associated with quantum degrees of freedom at the very small Planck length scale. Thus far, this interpretation has only been verified using models that derive from string theory.


Spatially Resolved Edge Currents and Guided-Wave Electronic States in Graphene

November 12, 2015

Fig. 1: ‘Fibre-optic’ modes and spatially resolved current imaging in a graphene Josephson junction*. [Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Physics ©2015]

Exploiting the light-like properties of carriers in graphene could allow extreme non-classical forms of electronic transport to be realized. In this vein, finding ways to confine and direct electronic waves through nanoscale streams and streamlets, unimpeded by the presence of other carriers, has remained a grand challenge.


Lukin Awarded the 2015 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics

October 21, 2015
Prof. Mikhail Lukin

This year’s Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics will be awarded to Prof. Mikhail Lukin "for his inspiring contributions at the scientific interface of quantum optics and nanophotonics... His work on controlling matter down to the individual atom level and light waves down to the one-photon level has opened the doors to a wide range of new concepts in applied physics..."

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Golovchenko Wins Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

October 20, 2015
Prof. Jene Golovchenko

Prof. Jene Golovchenko is a co-recipient of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of exceptional teaching in introductory science classes. Winners are nominated by faculty at large and selected by a committee composed of past award recipients. The committee makes selections based on the candidate’s ability to inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas.