26 November 2013

MagLab user awarded the 2014 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

MagLab user and member of External Advisory Committee, Philip Kim, was recently awarded the 2014 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his discoveries of unconventional electronic properties of graphene.

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MagLab user and member of External Advisory Committee, Philip Kim, was recently awarded the 2014 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his discoveries of unconventional electronic properties of graphene.

Philip Kim2014 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize Recipient: Philip KimDr. Kim, a professor at Columbia University, said: “From the early days in graphene research, accessing the high magnetic fields in the MagLab has been crucial to reveal the intriguing nature of Dirac particle under the extreme quantum condition. I have been greatly benefitted by the strong and essential support from the MagLab, allowing my team to explore the electronic structure of this fascinating material.”

Earlier this year, Kim and his research team made waves by observing a long-theorized energy pattern known as Hofstadter’s butterfly. Combining low temperatures and high magnetic fields available at the MagLab with graphene and boron nitride (BN), Kim was able to confirm a theory that was made nearly 40-years ago.

Graphene is a Nobel-Prize-winning material that holds tremendous promise in revolutionizing computers, batteries, cell phones, televisions and even airplanes. A one-atom thick, honeycomb array of carbon atoms, graphene is virtually see-through, yet 300 times stronger than steel and 1,000 times more conducting than silicon.

Kim is scheduled to return to the MagLab in December to conduct additional research.