Bryce Gadway

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Bryce Gadway

Primary Research Area

  • AMO / Quantum Physics
333 Loomis Laboratory

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Biography

Professor Gadway is an experimentalist in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics. He received his B.A. in astronomy-physics from Colgate University in 2007, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to receive his PhD in physics from Stony Brook University in 2012, working in the group of Dominik Schneble. His thesis research focused on the properties of disordered and low-dimensional atomic quantum gases. From 2012-2014, Professor Gadway was a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow, working in the group of Deborah Jin and Jun Ye at JILA, in Boulder, Colorado. His postdoctoral research was on strongly correlated systems of ultracold polar molecules. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2014.

Honors

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, National Research Council (NRC) (2012-2014)
  • President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students, Stony Brook University (2013)
  • Leroy Apker Award, American Physical Society (2007)

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  • Research
  • AMO/Quantum Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Topological insulators, an exciting, relatively new class of materials, are capable of carrying electricity along the edge of the surface, while the bulk of the material acts as an electrical insulator. Practical applications for these materials are still mostly a matter of theory, as scientists probe their microscopic properties to better understand the fundamental physics that govern their peculiar behavior.

Using atomic quantum-simulation, an experimental technique involving finely tuned lasers and ultracold atoms about a billion times colder than room temperature, to replicate the properties of a topological insulator, a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has directly observed for the first time the protected boundary state (the topological soliton state) of the topological insulator trans-polyacetylene. The transport properties of this organic polymer are typical of topological insulators and of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model.

Physics graduate students Eric Meier and Fangzhao Alex An, working with Professor Bryce Gadway, developed a new experimental method, an engineered approach that allows the team to probe quantum transport phenomena.