Prof. Steven G. Louie selected as Kodosky Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Prof. Steven G. Louie is selected as Kodosky Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Congratulations!

April 11, 2018

“The Fascinating Quantum World of Two-dimensional Materials: Symmetry, Interaction and Topological Effects”

Symmetry, interaction and topological effects, as well as environmental screening, dominate many of the quantum properties of reduced-dimensional systems and nanostructures. These effects often lead to manifestation of counter-intuitive concepts and phenomena that may not be so prominent or have not been seen in bulk materials. In this talk, I present some fascinating physical phenomena discovered in recent studies of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials. A number of highly interesting and unexpected behaviors have been found – e.g., strongly bound excitons (electron-hole pairs) with unusual energy level structures and new topology-dictated optical selection rules, massless excitons, tunable magnetism and plasmonic properties, electron supercollimation, novel topological phases, etc. – adding to the promise of these 2D materials for exploration of new science and valuable applications.

The Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70 Lecture Series

Jeff Kodosky received a BS degree in Physics from Rensselaer in 1970. He is Co‐founder, Director, and Fellow at National Instruments, a leading developer and manufacturer of integrated software and hardware for engineers and scientists. LabVIEW, cocreated by Kodosky, is the industry‐standard graphical programming environment for measurement and automation. Jeff is a Trustee of Rensselaer since 2002. Gail is a native of Troy, NY and is a retired administrative assistant. Gail and Jeff live in Austin, TX and have two daughters and four grandchildren.