News: AEP

Selected news pieces highlighting accomplishments of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics faculty, students and alumni. 

Gennady Shvets to lead Laboratory of Plasma Studies

For nearly six decades, Cornell’s Laboratory of Plasma Studies has remained at the forefront of plasma science – a tradition its incoming director, Gennady Shvets, professor of applied and engineering physics, plans to continue while also broadening the lab’s research capabilities. Read more

Lena Kourkoutis named APS Fellow

By: Diane Tessaglia-Hymes

The fellowship recognizes APS members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or who have made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership (excluding student members) is recognized by their peers for election to... Read more

CHESS celebrates 75 years of synchrotron light

Researchers at CHESS examine proteins that reveal new ways to fight cancer, battery cells that enable a charge far beyond current capabilities and structural materials that enable space travel to improve with lightweight, yet more structurally sound components. Read more

AEP Senior Leo Moon Wins CURB Award

By: Diane Tessaglia-Hymes

“Estimating ground states for large, frustrated quantum-spin systems (systems between magnetic interactions whose spins are not oriented to profit from the interaction with its neighbors) is of interest in quantum matter research, “ says Moon. “Solutions such as Variational Quantum Eigensolvers (VQE) that use a quantum circuit are one solution, but unless the exact ground energy is known, there is no method to evaluate the VQE's performance. “To solve this problem, I used simulations (simulating quantum circuits in a classical computer), to verify that the Hamiltonian Reconstruction distance... Read more

AEP Student wins Goldwater Scholarship

Abhi Sarma, an undergraduate research student in professor Peter McMahon's lab who is doing quantum-computing-algorithms research, just recently won a Goldwater Scholarship. Read more

AEP students win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2022

By: Diane Tessaglia-Hymes

Erin Fleck studies experimental condensed matter and material physics to understand why materials behave the way they do. She has been in Professor Lena Kourkoutis’ group since her freshman year doing electron microscopy. After graduation, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. Chloe Washabaugh’s research focuses on quantum transduction. She has worked in professor Greg Fuchs’s group since her freshman year, translating quantum information stored in molecular qubits to its physical environment and vice versa. After graduation, she will pursue her Ph.D. at the... Read more