Dr. Abbamonte directs the Nonlocal Spectroscopy Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois. He is a leader in the application of x-ray scattering techniques to the study of collective phenomena of quantum materials, and is widely known for pioneering the technique of resonant soft x-ray scattering, with which he was the first to directly observe and study a Wigner crystal in a real material. This technique is now in use at every major synchrotron x-ray facility in the world. Dr. Abbamonte’s team also showed that inelastic x-ray scattering techniques can be used to make movies of electron motion in materials with a time resolution approaching 1 attosecond. These are, to date, the fastest movies ever made of electron motion by any technique. Dr. Abbamonte received his PhD from the University of Illinois, and also trained at Cornell University and AT&T Bell Labs.
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Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics