Fellows' Presentation

Building New Materials, One Atom at a Time

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

At Radcliffe, physicist Jennifer E. Hoffman is expanding her research program from imaging to the active creation of new materials, using molecular beam epitaxy, a process of controlled thermal evaporation of single elements that allows the growth of exotic hybrid materials, one atomic layer at a time. Combining material growth with the existing atomic-scale imaging capabilities in the Hoffman Lab allows rapid feedback to guide the discovery of materials with desired properties, such as higher-temperature superconductivity or more robust spin-momentum locking of electrons.