My name is Curry Taylor and I am an experimental condensed matter physics researcher. I am currently a Ph.D. graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. J.C. "Séamus" Davis at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Here, I study high-Tc superconductors as well as other exotic strongly-correlated electon systems to search for new physics. I have performed experiments and produced analyses related to the underlying electronic structure/order of such systems as well as atomic-scale imaging of physical quantities such as doping, order parameter delta, and charge, lattice distortion effects, glassy states, Mott physics, and a wide variety of other topics related to this field. There are still a large number of competing theories which endeavor to explain why these systems behave as they do, and, ultimately, it is our job to filter through them and eventually falsify those which do not fit our measured data.
To do this, we build ultra-high precision instruments for acquiring measures of the wavefunction of a sample. Our project in particular maintains a very low-temperature (~15mK) scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in order to "freeze out" thermal noise and energy effects as well as explore fascinating physical phenomena which around those low temperatures. Our machine is cooled by a dilution refrigerator after a series of cryogenic steps which reduce the experiment's temperature to about 4K. The entire experiment is floated on a set of air springs for vibration isolation and sets on top of 25 tons of concrete which in turn also floats on its own set of large air springs. The experiment is surrounded by a RF shielding room, which basically acts as a giant Faraday Cage at RF frequencies. Samples are cleaved at about 15K and are inserted directly into the STM head for scanning.
If you'd like to hear more about our experiment, the process of taking measurements, or the physics were are studying, please click on the appropriate button on the left. Of course you may certainly contact me with any questions or correspondence (contact information below). Thank you very much for your time,
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Ithaca, NY 14853
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