Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting (1)

Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and NYU MRSEC


New York is a city that never sleeps, and truly, the metropolitan area is constantly abuzz with breakthroughs in condensed matter physics. However, to date there has been little opportunity for physicists - students, postdocs and faculty at the many institutions in the metro-area to come together to learn and share what is happening in our field. To fill this need, we are starting the "Metro-Gotham Condensed Matter Meet", and we want YOU to be a part of it. Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, this is a fantastic chance to share your ideas and research with others, and to hear from physicists training and working in and around the Big Apple. The conference will include plenary lectures by distinguished speakers in both hard and soft condensed matter physics, a catered lunch including a poster session, and student talks highlighting current research. With so many avenues for collaboration, this is not to be missed!

Keynote Speakers

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
Eric Weeks (Emory University)

Student Speakers

Jason Forster (Yale University)
Darya Aleinikava (CUNY Staten Island)
Kirill Bolotin (Columbia University)
Taekjib Choi (Rutgers University)
Manas Kulkarni (Stony Brook University)
Natalia Romero (City College, CUNY)
David Hsieh (Princeton University)
Remi Dreyfus (New York University)
T. Wu (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Jing Wang (Queens College, CUNY)

Organizing Committee

Andrea Young (Columbia University)
Bo Wen (City College, CUNY)
Colin V. Parker (Princeton University)
Darya Aleinikava (CUNY Staten Island)
Eugene Dedits (CUNY Staten Island)
Jason Merrill (Yale University)
Jing Wang (Queens College, CUNY)
Lisa Dixon (New York University)
Marianna Maltseva (Rutgers University)
Melinda Han (Columbia University)
Peter Orth (Yale University)
Philip Schiff (Stony Brook University)
Rebecca Flint (Rutgers University)
Sara Callori (Stony Brook University)
Shanmugamurthy Fnu (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Stephanie Milczarski (New Jersey Institute of Technology)


10:00am - 11:00am
Hard Condensed Matter Plenary Talk
Subir Sachdev, Harvard University

11:00am - 11:30am
Student/Post-doc Presentation Session I

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Student/Post-doc Presentation Session II

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lunch and Poster Session

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Soft Condensed Matter Plenary Talk
Eric Weeks, Emory University

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Student/Post-doc Presentation Session III

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Reception and Poster Session


Paired Electrons in the Hole-doped Cuprates
Subir Sachdev, Harvard University

The recent observation of high-magnetic-field quantum oscillations in the under-doped cuprates has shed remarkable new light on their physics. These oscillations are argued to be characteristic of a metallic spin-density-wave (SDW) state, with electron and hole pocket Fermi surfaces, in our previously predicted phase diagram of field-induced SDW order. We present a gauge theory of pairing induced by fluctuations in the local orientation of the SDW order, and find that it leads naturally to a d-wave superconductor with strong pairing of the electrons (in the "anti-nodal" region of the Brilluoin zone), and weak pairing of the holes (in the "nodal" region), as is observed in a number of experiments.

Colloidal Crystals, Liquids, and Glasses: Insights from Confocal Microscopy

Eric Weeks, Emory University

My group studies colloidal suspensions, which are solid micron-sized particles in a liquid. In many ways, these particles are analogous to atoms. In some experiments, these particles arrange into a crystalline lattice, and thus the sample is analogous to a traditional solid; in other experiments, particles are arranged randomly and the sample is analogous to a liquid or a glass. We use a confocal microscope to view the motion of these colloidal particles and probe fundamental questions about liquids, crystals, and glasses.


Participating Institutions

  • Columbia University
  • City College, CUNY
  • CUNY Staten Island
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Rutgers University
  • Princeton University
  • Queens College, CUNY
  • Stony Brook University
  • Yale University