News: AEP

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

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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

Phillip & Reet

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

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Ultrawide bandgap gives material high-power potential

By: David Nutt

A Cornell collaboration has found a way to grow a single crystalline layer of alpha-aluminum gallium oxide that has the widest energy bandgap to date – a discovery that clears the way for new semiconductors that will handle higher voltages, higher power densities and higher frequencies than previously seen. The collaboration was led by co-senior authors Debdeep Jena and Huili Grace Xing, both professors in electrical and computer engineering and in materials science and engineering. The team also included David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor in Applied and Engineering Physics, who... Read more

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Greg Fuchs and Jie Shan named 2020 Research Excellence Award Winners

Associate Professor Greg Fuchs and Professor Jie Shan were both awarded the 2020 Research Excellence Award from Cornell College of Engineering, given to faculty in recognition of research contributions and leadership. Nine awards were given to Cornell Engineering faculty this year. Research Excellence Awards were first established in 2015 to recognize the importance of leadership in innovative research. Past AEP faculty to receive the award include Professor David Muller (2018) and Professor Chris Xu (2017). Learn more about this year's awardees and past winners on the Research Excellence... Read more

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Researchers trap electrons to create elusive crystal

By: David Nutt

Like restless children posing for a family portrait, electrons won’t hold still long enough to stay in any kind of fixed arrangement. Now, a Cornell-led collaboration has developed a way to stack two-dimensional semiconductors and trap electrons in a repeating pattern that forms a specific and long-hypothesized crystal. The team’s paper, “Correlated Insulating States at Fractional Fillings of Moiré Superlattices,” published Nov. 11 in Nature. The paper’s lead author is postdoctoral researcher Yang Xu. The project grew out of the shared lab of Kin Fai Mak, associate professor of physics in the... Read more

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Watt Webb, biological imaging techniques pioneer, dies

By: Anne Ju Manning

Applied physicist Watt W. Webb, the S.B. Eckert Professor of Engineering Emeritus and a pioneer in methods for imaging living biological systems, died Oct. 29 in New York City. He was 93. Webb was best known as the biophysicist who co-invented fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and multiphoton microscopy – imaging techniques that have revolutionized how scientists observe biological dynamics and structures deep within living tissue. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article. Read more

CHESS beamline

CHESS receives $32.6M from NSF for new X-ray beamline

By: David Nutt

CHESS received $32.6M from NSF to build a High Magnetic Field beamline, which will allow researchers to conduct precision X-ray studies of materials in persistent magnetic fields. “This significant new infusion of NSF funding for Cornell’s CHESS lab will guarantee the preservation and expansion of its revolutionary scientific research in the heart of upstate New York,” said Senator Chuck Schumer. Read more