Welcome to my personal page!
I'm a second year graduate student in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, with a concentration in experimental condensed matter physics. Before this, I studied physics and applied mathematics as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.
My research interests focus on exploring topological and strongly correlated systems on the atomic scale. These materials host a number of exotic, emergent phenomena, including Dirac, Weyl, and Majorana quasiparticle excitations, fractionalization, and non-Abelian statistics, some of which may be used in next-generation electronic and quantum computation devices.
I'm working as a graduate student researcher with Professor Ali Yazdani in the Princeton Nanoscale Microscopy Laboratory. Here, we use high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques to investigate these exotic phases of matter. My main research focus is to understand manifestations of these phenomena in van der Waals heterostructure devices. These devices consist of stacks of two-dimensional materials that have been exfoliated, mixed-and-matched, and combined into one, synergistic super material with newly engineered electronic properties. With STM, we are not only able to locally probe the electronic structure of these materials, but also change a material’s local characteristics via atomic manipulation techniques or tip-induced local dielectric polarization. This makes STM a great way to better understand gapless boundary state signatures of topological materials, and to engineer complex, nanoscale devices with exciting new properties.
In addition to my research, I'm involved in a few other groups on campus, including the Princeton Citizen Scientists (PCS). PCS is a graduate student organization on campus working to promote science locally and regionally through scientific outreach and advocacy. I'm also a trombonist in the Princeton University Orchestra and the Princeton Camerata, which are student performance groups that play concerts a few times a semester in the Princeton area. Finally, I'm a member of the Princeton University Mountaineering Club, which is more or less a mailing list to get groups together for hiking, camping, and climbing. Very recently, I've started writing a blog entitled "Paragraph Zero", in which I write about big, contemporary discoveries in physics in almost entirely non-technical terms.