Aref and Manon Lahham Faculty Fellow
School of Applied and Engineering Physics
Office: 211 Clark Hall
Lab: Clark Hall D Corridor
Email: vf82 [at] cornell.edu
Schedule: see contact page
Phone: (607) 255-1927
About my work
I am a condensed matter and quantum devices physicist working on topological, strongly correlated, and controlled quantum systems. I conducted research on superconductor-semiconductor nanowires in the Marcus Lab and, during my undergraduate years at Columbia University, on single-molecule electronic transport in the Venkataraman and Neaton groups. I completed my Ph.D. in the Jarillo-Herrero Group at MIT, working largely on transport in ultrathin topological insulators and contributing to groundbreaking work on strongly-correlated electronic states by designed moiré superlattices. Most recently, I was a post-doc in the Devoret Group (QuLab) at Yale University, where I applied circuit quantum electrodynamics probes to study mesoscopic systems and developed new qubits. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Cornell University’s School of Applied and Engineering Physics. See the manuscripts and scientific interests pages to learn more.
Courses I teach
AEP 1200 / ENGRI 1200: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, FA22, FA23
AEP 3550: Intermediate Electromagnetism, SP23
I am an Atlanta, Georgia, native who has developed an affinity for northeastern climates (see my professional journey above). I enjoy playing backgammon and squash, and I collect old books, particularly on science, scientists, and history.
Post-doctoral associates and fellows
We are hiring! Please see the opportunities page.
Graduate student researchers
Luojia Zhang (Physics)
Luojia received his undergrad degrees in physics and math from Georgia Tech. He is mostly interested in using transport and microwave techniques to study topological / correlated phases in 2D material Van der Waal structures, and developing novel mesoscopic devices for qubit control and quantum info processing.
Haoran Lu (Applied Physics)
Haoran Lu’s current research interests focus on Andreev spin qubits (ASQ) and superconducting circuits, and he is working on ASQ circuit design/simulation as well as microwave measurement system building. Haoran obtained his bachelor degree of science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2020 and has experience in optical microscopy, image processing, deep learning, and FPGA.
Saswata Roy (Physics)
Saswata obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore working on Weyl semimetal modelling & spin transport experiments. He joined the lab in August 2022. His current research interests focus on bosonic quantum information processing/ quantum control. He is working on building microwave control experiments in a 3D transmon architecture. Beyond academics, Saswata loves to travel, swim and read novels.
Undergraduate student researchers
Robert HaoJia Wang
Zoey Hu (now at CU Boulder Physics)
Jaedia Rodgers (Summer 2023 CCMR REU)
Past visiting researchers
Antonio Manesco (TU Delft)