Laura Greene

Laura Greene

The Dark Energy of Quantum Materials

The many correlated electron problems remain largely unsolved after decades; with one stunning success being BCS electron-phonon mediated conventional superconductivity.

The Cooper pairing mechanisms of the dozens of families of unconventional superconductors, including the high-Tc cuprate, iron-based, and heavy fermion superconductors remain elusive and quite varied.

But some of their fundamental characteristics are strikingly similar, including their ubiquitous phase diagram, with intriguing correlated electron (non-Fermi liquid) phases that break the symmetry of their underlying lattice at temperatures well above Tc. These correlated phases remain among the greatest unsolved problems in physics; and I will present an analogy stressing that.

I will start with an overview of the US National MagLab and finish with some of our own recent work on identifying a possible new pairing mechanism in a heavy-fermion superconductor.



Short biography

Laura H. Greene is the Chief Scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Marie Krafft Professor of Physics at Florida State University.

Her research is on quantum materials, focusing on fundamental studies of novel materials growth and the mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity.

As a leading advocate for diversity in science, a champion for women in science and engineering, science diplomacy, ethics, and human rights, she has held leadership roles in many science organizations nationally and internationally, including president of the American Physical Society (APS), the Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and is presently the Vice President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) for Ethics and Outreach.

President Joe Biden recently appointed Greene to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which directly advises POTUS on matters of science, technology, and innovation policy.

Greene is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.), the AAAS, and the APS. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, was awarded the E.O. Lawrence Award for Materials Research from the U.S. Department of Energy, the APS Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, and the Bellcore Award of Excellence.

She has co-authored over 200 publications and presented nearly 700 invited talks.



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