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Yong P. Chen

Associate Professor of Nanoscience and Physics
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mail: 525 Northwestern Ave, Dept. of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN 47907
Office: PHYS 74 and BIRK 2262 Telephone: 765 494 0947
Lab: PHYS 57, 61 / (765) 496-3059 B76A / (765) 494-8189
E-mail: yongchen@purdue.edu Fax: 765 494 0706

B.Sc. Xi´an Jiaotong University (1996)
M.Sc MIT (1999)
Ph.D. Princeton (2005)

Research Areas:

  • condensed matter physics (experimental)
  • atomic, molecular and optical physics (experimental)
  • nanoscience and nanotechnology

Research Interests:

My lab exploits quantum physics to manipulate electrons, atoms, spins and photons in various materials and artificial systems, with the aim to uncover novel quantum phenomena and new states of matter, and to explore applications in quantum devices (such as quantum information and quantum computation devices) and nanotechnology (such as nanoelectronics and nanosensors).

Research interests include:

  • low dimensional physics;
  • spintronics
  • microwave and optical studies of quantum materials and nanostructures
  • laser manipulation of atoms and molecules; cold atom condensed matter systems
  • nanotechnology: graphene nanoelectronics; nanoelectromechanical fluid sensors; atom chips

Selected Awards

  • IBM Faculty Award (2009)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2009-2014)
  • DTRA Young Investigator Award (2009-2011)
  • Miller Family Endowed Professorship, Purdue University (2007-)
  • J. Evan Attwell-Welch Fellowship in Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University (2005-2007)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Author Best Paper Award in Semiconductor Physics (2004)
  • Sir Gordon Wu Fellowship in Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University (1999-2003)
  • Applied Mathematics Fellowship and Y. T. Li Fellowship, MIT (1997-1998)

Professional Experiences:

  • Miller Family Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University (2007-)
  • Assistant Professor Courtesy and Graduate Faculty, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University (2007-)
  • J. Evans Attwell-Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Astronomy and Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University (2005-2007)
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL (2002-2005)
  • Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Grenoble, France (summer 2000)
  • IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland (summer 1998, summer 1999)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Sigma Xi

Selected Professional and Scholarly Activities:

  • Organizer and chair, invited session on disordered quantum gases, APS March Meeting 2007
  • Diversity Forum, Purdue University (2007-)

Selected Recent Conference Talks

  • "Phase Coherence and Superfluid-Insulator Transition in a Disordered Bose-Einstein Condensate", International Workshop on Conductor-Insulator Quantum Phase Transitions, Columbus, Ohio 2008 (invited)
  • "Phase Coherence and Superfluid-Insulator Transition in a Disordered Bose-Einstein Condensate", International Workshop on Bose-Einstein Condensates and Coherent Backscattering (BECBS’07), Schloss Thurnau, Germany, 2007 (invited)
  • "Microwave Spectroscopy of Wigner crystals in 2DES and Bilayer Systems: Many-body correlation in electronic quantum solids", APS March Meeting, Denver, 2007 (invited)

Selected Recent Publications

  1. "Photoassociation of ultracold LiRb* molecules: observation of high efficiency and unitarity-limited rate saturation", Physical Review A, Rapid Communications, 89, 020702(R) (2014)
  2. "Observation of Low Energy Raman Modes in Twisted Bilayer Graphene" , Nano Letters 13, 3594 (2013)
  3. "Mapping the 3D surface potential in Bi2Se3", Nature Communications 4, 2277 (2013)
  4. “Quantized Hall effect and Shubnikov--de Haas oscillations in highly doped Bi2Se3: Evidence for layered transport of bulk carriers”, Physical Review Letters 108, 216803 (2012)
  5. "Control and characterization of individual grains and grain boundaries in graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition", Nature Materials 10, 443 (2011)

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Current Research Funding:

  • Purdue University
  • Miller Family Endowed Professorship
  • National Science Foundation
  • American Chemical Society
  • Army Research Office
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation-Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • IBM
  • NIST

Positions Open:

Highly motivated students are welcome to contact me about research opportunities in our Quantum Matter and Devices Lab. 
Current Purdue graduate or undergraduate students: Email me yongchen@purdue.edu and make an appointment.

Prospective graduate students:

Click here (Physics) or here (ECE).

Summer research internship for undergraduate students:

Physics REU (US citizens/permanent residents only), or SURF (open to all students, including internationals).