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Nanoscale Science and Technology
T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA
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Professional Associations:  American Physical Society (APS)  |  Materials Research Society (MRS)

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I am a research-staff member in the nanoscale science and technology division at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. My research focuses on developing high-performance electronics with carbon nanotubes and other chemically grown nanostructures. Compared to silicon, these nanostructures have superior electronic properties but are more difficult to integrate reliably into microfabricated devices. Meeting this challenge will enable an exciting array of 21st-century information technologies.

I grew up in Portland, OR, received a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College (2003) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University (2009), where I was advised by Hongkun Park. My postdoctoral fellowship was advised by David Awschalom at the University of Chicago and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I was awarded the Elings Prize in Experimental Science.

My Ph.D. work on electrical plasmon detection demonstrated the viability of electrically integrated quantum plasmonic circuits. Later, I developed a method for addressing individual electronic spin states in silicon carbide and for optically pumping room-temperature nuclear polarization in SiC, a first for a material that plays a leading role in the semiconductor industry.

One of my new research results is that carbon nanotubes support coherent plasmon resonances. These resonances, comprising charge oscillations in nanotubes coupled to electromagnetic fields, can enhance light-matter interaction strengths by many orders of magnitude. In the long term, carbon-nanotube plasmonics could be a foundation for unifying electrical and optical logic at the nanometer scale.