University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Abigail and John Van Vleck Lectures

Philip Kim

Harvard University

Public Lecture

Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tate Hall B50


Unusual quasiparticle correlation in graphene
3:35 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tate Hall B50

About the Speaker

Philip Kim received his B.S in physics at Seoul National University in 1990 and received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1999. He was Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics from University of California, Berkeley during 1999-2001. He then joined in Department of Physics at Columbia University as a faculty member during 2002-2014. Since 2014, he has been at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Physics and Professor Applied Physics. Professor Kim is a world leading scientist in the area of materials research. His research area is experimental condensed matter physics with an emphasis on physical properties and applications of nanoscale low-dimensional materials. The focus of Professor Kim’s group research is the mesoscopic investigation of transport phenomena, particularly, electric, thermal and thermoelectrical properties of low dimensional nanoscale materials. Professor Kim is Fellow of American Physical Society since 2007. He also received numerous honors and award including Oliver E. Buckley Prize (2014), IBM Faculty Award (2009) and Ho-Am Science Prize (2008).

About the Public Lecture

Modern electronics has heavily relied on the technology to confine electrons in the interface layers of semiconductors. In recent years, scientists discovered that various atomically thin materials including graphene, a single atomic carbon layer, can be isolated. In these atomically thin materials, quantum physics allows electrons to move only in an effective 2-dimensional (2D) space. By stacking these 2D quantum materials, one can also create atomic-scale heterostructures with a wide variety of electronic and optical properties. I will discuss the creation of new heterostructures based on atomically thin materials and emerging new physics with technological implications therein.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration for the event. The lecture will last approximately 60 minutes, with a period following for questions and answers. Parking for the event is available at the Church Street Garage on the East Bank of the U of MN campus. (Cash, check and reciprocal parking accepted).