Insulation In Driven Crystals

A conducting crystal is being shone with a laser beam. Does the crystal become insulating? This question has far-reaching consequences in both optics and quantum physics. The project will attempt to answer this question via a numerical study of effective ordinary differential equations (ODE) and if time permits, through the numerical study of the underlying Schrodinger equation and/or the analytic study of these ODEs.

Name of Direct Supervisor: Amir Sagiv

Position Dates: 6/1/2020 - 8/31/2020

Hours: 35 hours/week

Qualifications: Coding (Matlab/Python), ODEs, Numerical Analysis (or an equivalent), and some familiarity with plane-wave/Fourier transform. Physics background is a plus, but not required.

Eligibility: SEAS only

Please send your CV and transcripts to Amir Sagiv, as6011@columbia.edu.