ORC Seminar Series

'Superconducting Metamaterials'

Speaker: Professor Steven Anlage, University of Maryland

Date: 4 June 2010

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Mountbatten Seminar Room

Abstract: To follow


Steven M. Anlage is a Professor of Physics and faculty affiliate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1988, respectively. His graduate work concerned the physics and materials properties of quasicrystals. His post-doctoral work with the Beasley-Geballe-Kapitulnik group at Stanford University (1987 - 1990) concentrated on high frequency properties of high temperature superconductors, including both basic physics and applications to tunable microwave devices. In 1990 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics in the Center for Superconductivity Research at the University of Maryland, then (1997) Associate Professor, and finally (2002) Full Professor of Physics. He was the interim Director of the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (2007-2009), and a member of the Maryland NanoCenter. There his research in high frequency superconductivity has addressed questions of the pairing state symmetry of the cuprate superconductors, the dynamics of conductivity fluctuations and vortices, and microwave applications such as superconducting negative index of refraction metamaterials. He has also developed and patented a near-field scanning microwave microscope for quantitative local measurements of electronic materials (dielectrics, semiconductors, metals, and superconductors) down to nm length scales. He has worked with Neocera, Inc. to develop a commercial version of this microscope for the semiconductor industry. Prof. Anlage also performs microwave analog experiments of the Schrödinger equation to test fundamental theories of quantum chaos. As part of this work he has developed a statistical prediction model for effects of high-power microwave signals on electronics. He is also active in the emerging field of time-reversed electromagnetics. There is related work on stimulating classical chaos at GHz frequencies in distributed nonlinear circuits.

Dr. Anlage is a member of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the Materials Research Society. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation and DoD, and he is an active consultant to the US Government. He was a member of the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland from 1995-2005. In 2008 Dr. Anlage was appointed a Research Professor of the National Security Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has co-authored more than 120 research papers in scientific journals (http://www.cnam.umd.edu/publications/anlage.html).



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