News: AEP

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

Cornell Professor Peter McMahon Places 2nd in 2021 Rising Stars of Light Competition

In 2021, Rising Stars of Light was highlighted as a featured event by UNESCO’s International Day of Light. Between 16th May 2021 and 16th July 2021, Rising Stars of Light were open to nominated applicants from world’s leading young scientists who can only be qualified until they submit their achievements, publications & patents, future research plans and being nominated by a world’s leading scientist in optics. After the nomination, application, and selection by the Committee members, 10 final candidates - Prof. Igor Aharonovich from University of Technology Sydney, Prof. Jonathan Albert Fan... Read more

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Cornell Applied Physics eliminates GRE requirement

By: Chris Dawson

After temporarily suspending the use of GRE scores in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has decided to make the change permanent. “It became increasingly clear that high GRE scores were not predictive of success in the doctoral program. In fact, using GRE scores as a sort of gatekeeper was preventing some highly capable students from studying here,” said David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering and acting Director of Graduate Studies. While considering this change to their admissions requirements, AEP faculty reviewed recent studies demonstrating that the... Read more

Novel liquid crystal metalens offers electric zoom

Researchers from Cornell’s School of Applied and Engineering Physics and Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology have created a first-of-its-kind metalens – a metamaterial lens – that can be focused using voltage instead of mechanically moving its components. Read more

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Robert Buhrman named 2021 APS Physics Outstanding Referee

The very selective Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes about 150 of roughly 71,000 currently active referees from over 50 countries. This program recognizes "scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals". Learn more about the APS Outstanding Referees Program. Read more


Cornell Giving Day 2021

Consider contributing to AEP during today's 24-hour 2021 Cornell Giving Day Challenge! Join your classmates, designate a gift to AEP, and be counted in Giving Day totals. Read more

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Researchers create ‘beautiful marriage’ of quantum enemies

By: Syl Kacapyr

A newly published Science Advances paper was generated by a multidisciplinary team, including AEP co-authors Professor David Muller and Ph.D. candidate Phillip Dang. Collaborators included Cornell's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics, along with the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Qorvo Inc. and the United States Naval Research Laboratory. This type of multidisciplinary research is what sets Cornell apart, and particularly defines AEP. Learn... Read more