Peter Schiffer

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Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics / Director of Graduate Studies
BCT 329
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Research Areas: 
Condensed Matter Physics
Research Type: 
Current Projects: 

Studies of magnetic nanostructures, with a focus on artificial spin ice

Biographical Sketch: 


Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Applied Physics

Director for Strategic Projects, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Research : 

Professor Schiffer’s research group focuses on experimental studies of magnetic materials and nanostructures.  Previous topics of study have included geometrically frustrated magnets, in which the spins enter cooperative spin liquid and spin ice phases at low temperatures, and exotic magnetoeletronic materials that display strong coupling between their magnetic and electronic properties.  Current research focuses on frustrated “artificial spin ice” arrays of interacting ferromagnetic nanostructures. These arrays are both designable and resolvable at the level of the individual nanoscale magnetic moments.   As a result, they enable the study of phenomena that are inaccessible in any other physical system, including some with potential relevance to technological applications.

Ph.D. 1993, Stanford
Honors & Awards: 
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Teaching Excellence, Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Army Research Office
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
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