We are an experimental condensed matter physics group in the Physics and Astronomy department at UNLV. Our research focus is on low dimensional materials in electronic devices. We use a combination of low temperature and high frequency probes to study these devices and discern exotic phenomena that arise as a result of confinement and interactions.
Broadly, the group is guided by the search for new layered, two dimensional materials with outstanding properties that make them well suited for next generation electronics. A recent data mining effort puts the list of easily exfoliable materials at over 1800 unique compounds spanning the spectrum of electronic phases. Graphene is perhaps the most well known but many are simply waiting to be (re)discovered through isolation and exfoliation. Exfoliation of these materials provides a facile method to study how a gradual reduction in dimensionality affects collective phases of matter. Combined with techniques to manipulate and stack these materials, the possibilities of engineering heterostructures with tailored properties and applications are virtually endless. For more information about how we probe these materials visit our research page.
- Justin receives a UROP scholarship, congrats! October 4, 2021
- The group (along with collaborators) receives an NSF MRI grant for a frequency comb! September 9, 2021
- Randy successfully defends his Master’s thesis! July 9, 2021
- Raine, Justin, and Markiece all receive research stimulus from OUR for summer-fall 2021! June 24, 2021
- Kristine and Jessica are awarded UROP scholarships for summer 2021, congrats! April 28, 2021