Dr. Yacoby directs a group in the Departments of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, where he holds the Lazaridis Chair in Physics. His current research interests are focused on unraveling the underlying phenomena governing low dimensional systems. Starting with two dimensional electron systems, his group uses novel scan probe techniques that are capable of detecting electric charge with extremely high resolution. This technique enables them to image the distribution of electrons and the way they localize in space in material systems such as GaAs or single monolayers of graphite, as well as under various ground state conditions such as the integer and fractional quantum Hall effect. Dr. Yacoby’s research has also revealed the wave-like nature of electrons as they propagate in confined geometries, and that while electrons have both charge and spin, these could propagate independently in such systems. His other research interests include spin based quantum computing and metrology using semiconducting quantum dots and color centers in diamond, topological quantum computing using HgCdTe quantum wells and fractional quantum Hall states. Dr. Yacoby earned his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
See the grant page here.
Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems
Harvard University, Department of Physics