Luis Balicas

Research Faculty III

Condensed Matter Science, DC Field CMS


Contact Information

Phone (850) 644-4201
Fax (850) 644-5038
Address 1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee , FL 32310-3706
Building NHMFL FSU

Educational Background

  • 1995 Doctorat (PhD) de l'Universite Paris XI-Orsay. Mention Physique des Solides
  • 1992 DEA de Physique des Solides (Master in Solid State Physics), Ecole Doctorale de Physique de la Region Parisienne, Paris.
  • 1991 Licenciatura en Fisica (License oriented towards Solid State Physics), UCV.

Research Interests

  • Our broad research program is oriented towards studying properties of novel materials and devices, with a particular emphasis in understanding the organizational principles leading to novel states of matter.
  • We are particularly interested in physical phenomena whose understanding is intellectually challenging but which could have an enormous economical impact if observed at room temperature, such as high temperature superconductivity (funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences Department of Energy) and/or multiferroiticity.
  • The observation of Dirac Fermions in Graphene (leading to the 2010 Nobel prize in Physics) and more recently of Dirac magnetic monopoles in dipolar spin-ices, demonstrates that fundamental physical concepts/entities normally associated with high energy physics, can also be effectively studied in matter when in its solid state. We are actively engaged in these beautiful fields of research.
  • Other major areas of research within our group include novel and unconventional magnetic states of matter such as Bose-Einstein condensates of spin degrees of freedom, or the fluctuating ground states of geometrically frustrated magnetic systems, or the so-called spin-liquids.
  • A student working in our group is expected to learn a broad array of experimental techniques, ranging from sample synthesis, to high magnetic field experimentation to spectroscopic techniques such as neutron and x-ray scattering or nuclear magnetic resonance. She/he is also expected to be involved in active collaborations with both theorists and experimentalists belonging either to the NHMFL or to external/international institutions, and in this way define her/his own research path based on personal interests.

Professional Experience

  • 2009 Visiting Professor, Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo
  • 2009 Scholar/Scientist, National High Magnetic Field Lab FSU
  • 2004 Associate Scholar/Scientist, National High Magnetic Field Lab FSU
  • 2001 Assistant Scholar/Scientist, National High Magnetic Field Lab FSU
  • 1999 Visiting Scientist, National High Magnetic Field Lab FSU
  • 1996 Junior Researcher Low Temperature Lab, Physics Center, IVIC
  • 1996 Postdoctoral Position at the High Pressure Group, Solid State Physics Lab, Orsay-France

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Referee for the Swiss National Science Foundation (2022)
  • Referee/Panelist, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation (2022)
  • Participant in the NSF workshop Materials Laboratories of the Future: Instrumentation and Infrastructure to Accelerate the Unification of the Materials Innovation Infrastructure (2022)
  • Referee/Panelist- National Science Foundation - Division of Materials Research (2021)
  • Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters (2020)
  • Research Professor - Physics Department - Florida State University (2017)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016)
  • Referee- National Science Foundation - Division of Materials Research (2015)
  • Referee - Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) on behalf of EU - Graphene Flagship Program (2015)
  • FSU Distinguished University Scholar (2014)
  • Referee/Panelist - National Science Foundation - Division of Materials Research (2014)
  • Referee - Florida State University - Council on Research and Creativity (2014)
  • American Physical Society Fellow (2012)
  • Referee/Panelist - National Science Foundation - Division of Engineering (2012)
  • Referee - Army Research Office (2012)
  • Referee - Department of Energy - Basic Energy Sciences (2010)

Publications and Scientific Activities

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