Peter E Schiffer

Peter E Schiffer
Peter E Schiffer

Primary Research Area

  • Condensed Matter Physics
Adjunct Professor
Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics, Yale, New Haven, CT

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Research Statement

Novel magnetic materials are important technologically and also provide excellent model systems in which to explore new physics. Recent research topics under study by Professor Schiffer's group include geometrically frustrated magnets, in which the spins enter cooperative spin liquid and spin ice phases at low temperatures; exotic oxides that display both magnetic and electronic order; and frustrated lattices of interacting ferromagnetic nanostructures, in which the local accommodation of frustration can be directly observed.

Selected Articles in Journals


  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2004)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1998)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Army Research Office (1997)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1997)

Teaching Honors

  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Teaching Excellence, Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University (2008)

Research Honors

  • Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University (2006)