Deputy Lab Director
Eric Palm received his master's degree and Ph.D. in physics from Texas A&M University, where he won the Squire Fellowship. His thesis involved studying quantum interference effects in unique semiconductor devices at low temperatures in strong magnetic fields. He had previously received a B.A. in physics from Rice University and taught physics at a high school in Houston. After completing his Ph.D., Palm received a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the quantum Hall effect at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. When the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory opened its doors in Tallahassee in 1993, Palm was one of the first scientists hired in the DC Field Facility. He served as the Millikelvin Facility chief in charge of creating experimental apparatus capable of cooling a sample to less than 20 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero while in the highest magnetic fields in the world. In 2007 Palm became director of the DC Field Facility, the largest of the facilities at the MagLab. In 2012 he was named deputy laboratory director of the MagLab working in partnership with the director to ensure that the lab is performing at the highest level possible. Palm has over 50 publications and his research interests include unconventional superconductivity and highly correlated electronic systems.
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