Summer 2022

Superconductors and Semiconductors, Nanowires and Majorana, Research and Integrity

Sergey Frolov
Monday, August 29, 2022 - 3:30pm

A Pitt/CMU Colloquium

Abstract: This talk will be on three topics, but in a way it is one. My research focus and passion is the proximity effect. It is when superconducting correlations are induced in a non-superconducting material. Because superconductivity is always tied to a spin order, proximity effects get especially rich when the non-superconductor is magnetic, or has strong spin-orbit coupling for electrons. Superconductivity induced by proximity must take into account these interactions in the new host, and can evolve into exotic phases such as...

Angular distributions probing beyond Standard Models

Priyotosh Bandyopadhyay
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 4:00pm

A Pitt PACC seminar

Abstract: I will discuss the possibility of radiation amplitude zero  (RAZ) in different leptoquark scenarios including scalar and vector. The cross-section of the scattering  involving  a  photon in the initial or  finalstate  can vanish  in  the visible region of the  cosine of the angle  w.r.t  the finalstate  particle in the centre  of  mass  frame. For an electron-photon collider, the  position of  RAZ depends on the charge, mass of  the finalstate particle and  the centre of  mass energy. However,  for an electron-proton collider,...

Dr. Hrvoje Petek Named Distinguished Scientist by the Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 19 July 2022

Congratulations to Hrvoje Petek, who has been named a Distinguished Scientist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences through its President’s International Fellowship Initiative!

The CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative, PIFI, is a specific funding program to attract talented foreigners to CAS for scientific exchanges and research cooperation. It is open to scientific research personnel from around the globe, of the following seven types: Distinguished Scientists, Visiting Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, Special Experts, Young Staff, PHD Students, Master Students.

Ken Jordan elected to International Academy of Molecular Quantum Science

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 5 July 2022

Ken Jordan has been elected to the International Academy of Molecular Quantum Science. The IAQMS, headquartered in Menton, France, has inducted only 180 members in its 51-year history. Among them are pioneers of quantum theory and molecular quantum science and Nobel Prize winners, including Louis de Broglie, Kenichi Fukui, Gerhard Herzberg, Roald Hoffmann, Martin Karplus, Walter Kohn, William Lipscomb, Rudolph Marcus, Robert Mulliken, Linus Pauling, John Pople, John van Vleck, and Arieh Warshel.


Stakeholder perspectives of QC in Chemical Engineering

David Neira
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

Abstract: Quantum computing has been attracting public attention recently. This interest is driven by the advancements in hardware, software, and algorithms required for its successful usage and the promise that it entails the potential acceleration of computational tasks compared to classical computing. This perspective talk presents a short review of quantum computing, how this computational approach solves problems, and three fields that quantum computing can potentially impact the most while relevant to chemical engineering: computational chemistry, optimization, and...

Dickey Wins Sosman Award

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 21 June 2022

Elizabeth Dickey is the recipient of the 2023 Sosman Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in basic science that results in a significant impact and advancement in the field of ceramics. The Robert B. Sosman Award is the highest recognition of scientific accomplishment given by the Basic Science Division of ACerS and is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in basic science of an area that results in a significant impact to the field of ceramics. The award will be presented at a plenary lecture at MS&T in October.

Two-dimensional elemental Ca sd2 Dirac honeycomb

Heeseon Lim
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 11:00am

A Pitt Physics seminar

Abstract: The discovery of graphene inaugurated research on the novel relativistic and topological electronic properties of 2D honeycomb quantum materials. One wonders whether other elemental graphene analogues beyond the group 4a elements exist. Motivated by revolutionary exploration of the synthesis and electronic characterization in Xenes, we address whether metallic elements can also embody similar molecular and electronic structures. We find that alkaline earth Ca monolayer (calcene) on Cu(111) indeed forms a new 2D honeycomb...

Lillian Chong Receives NSF Characteristic Science Award

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 7 June 2022

Prof. Lillian Chong and collaborators, Dr. Arvind Ramanathan (Argonne National Lab) and Prof. Shantenu Jha (Rutgers University), have received one of 21 NSF "Characteristic Science Awards" (CSAs) from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to pursue a 'grand-challenge'-class science application for the upcoming Leadership Class Computing Facility (LCCF) at TACC.