Primary Research Area
- Condensed Matter Physics - Condensed Matter Physics (experimental)
- Ph.D. Physics Stanford Univ 2001
Professor Nadya Mason received her bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University in 1995 and received her doctorate in physics in 2001 from Stanford University, working in the group of Aharon Kapitulnik. Her thesis research was on phase transitions in two-dimensional superconductors.
Prior to joining the physics faculty at Illinois, Professor Mason was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, where she collaborated with Professors Charles Marcus and Michael Tinkham on projects related to both carbon nanotubes and nanostructured superconductors.
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Professor Mason's research at Illinois focuses on how electrons behave in low-dimensional, correlated materials, where enhanced interactions are expected to give novel results. The research is relevant to a variety of technologies, including quantum communication, information storage, and qubit control in quantum computers.
Professor Mason's current research focuses on the electronic behavior of materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, topological insulators, nanostructured superconductors, and other novel 1D or 2D systems. Typical measurements are of electronic transport at low temperatures. Typical projects include: (i) Tunneling experiments in carbon nanotubes, to study unusual correlated states such as Luttinger liquids, (ii) Studying emergent transport behavior of hybrid systems, e.g., superconductor-graphene, superconductor-toplogical insulator, graphene-PZT, and (iii) Creating planar arrays of superconducting islands, to control and understand collective phenomena in them.
Selected Articles in Journals
- Angela Q. Chen, Moon Jip Park, Stephen T. Gill, Yiran Xiao, Gregory J. MacDougall, Matthew J. Gilbert, Nadya Mason, Finite momentum Cooper pairing in 3D topological insulator Josephson junctions, accepted, Nature Communications, arxiv:1801.08504 (2018).
- J. H. Hinnefeld, S.T. Gill, and N. Mason, Graphene transport mediated by micropatterned strain, Appl. Phys. Lett. 112, 173504 (2018).
- Yingjie Zhang, Mohammad Heiranian, Blanka Janicek, Zoe Budrikis, Stefano Zapperi, Pinshane Y. Huang, Harley T. Johnson, Narayana R. Aluru, Joseph W. Lyding, Nadya Mason, Strain Modulation of Graphene by Nanoscale Substrate Curvatures: A Molecular View, Nano Letters 18, 2098 (2018).
- S.T. Gill, J. Damasco, D. Car, E.P.A.M. Bakkers, and N. Mason, Hybrid superconductor-quantum point contact devices using InSb nanowires, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 233502 (2016).
- Malcolm Durkin, Ian Mondragon-Shem, Serena Eley, Taylor L. Hughes, and Nadya Mason, History-dependent dissipative vortex dynamics in superconducting arrays, Phys. Rev. B 94, 024510 (2016).
- S. Cho, B. Dellabetta, R. Zhong, J. Schneeloch, T. Liu, G. Gu, M. Gilbert, N. Mason. Aharonov-Bohm Oscillations in a Quasi-Ballistic 3D Topological Insulator Nanowire. Nat. Commun. 6, 7634 (2015)
- S. Gill, J. Hinnifeld, S. Zhu, W. Swanson, T. Li, N. Mason. Mechanical Control of Graphene on Engineered Pyramidal Strain Arrays. ACS Nano 9, 5799-5806.(2015).
- N. Bronn, N. Mason, Spatial dependence of electron interactions in carbon nanotubes Source: Physical Review B, 88: 16, 161409 (2013)
- S. Cho, B. Dellabetta, A. Yang, J. Schneeloch, Z. J. Xu, T. Valla, G. Gu, M.J. Gilbert, N. Mason, Symmetry Protected Josephson Supercurrents in Three-Dimensional Topological Insulators. Nature Communications, 4, 1689 (2013).
- S. Eley, S. Gopalakrishnan, P.M. Goldbart, and N. Mason. Approaching zero-temperature metallic states in mesoscopic superconductor-normal-superconductor arrays. Nature Physics, 8, 59 (2012).
- S. Scharfenberg, N. Mansukhani, C. Chialvo, R. Weaver, and N. Mason, Observation of a snap-through instability in graphene. Applied Physics Letters 100, 021910 (2012).
- T. Dirks, T. Hughes, B. Uchoa, S. Lal, Y-F. Chen, C. Chialvo, P.M. Goldbart, and N. Mason. Transport through Andreev bound states in a graphene quantum dot. Nature Physics,98,091908 (2011).
- Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, 2012
- Center for Advanced Study Fellow, 2011-2012
- Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award, 2009
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow 2008-2009
- Diverse Magazine "Emerging Scholar" 2008
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007-2012
- Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows 2002-2005