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Professor Kolmogorov's Latest Discovery

Assistant Professor Alexey Kolmogorov and his international colleagues have reported on the successful synthesis of the first superconducting material designed entirely on the computer. So far, superconductors have been discovered experimentally, and oftentimes accidentally. Using an advanced evolutionary search for new materials, Kolmogorov's team identified an overlooked stable iron-boron compound with potential for superconductivity. This 2010 prediction [1] has been borne out by a collaboration of leading experimental groups in Germany, Belgium, Italy and France. In addition to exhibiting the predicted conventional superconductivity, unusual for an iron-containing material, the novel iron tetraboride proved to be exceptionally hard. Read more about the discovery in the published Physical Review Letter [2], APS viewpoint article [3], or BU press release [4].

Kolmogorov's group is presently extending the methodology to guiding the experimental search for high-performance energy materials for battery and catalyst applications. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in computational research are encouraged to contact Prof. Kolmogorov [5]."

  1. New Superconducting and Semiconducting Fe-B Compounds Predicted with an Ab Initio Evolutionary Search
  2. Discovery of a Superhard Iron Tetraboride Superconductor
  3. Viewpoint: Materials Prediction Scores a Hit
  4. Scientists create first computer-designed superconductor
  5. Faculty Profile

Those who are interested in pursuing graduate studies with Prof. Kolmogorov should contact Prof. Kolmogorov

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What is Physics and who are Physicists?

Physics involves the study of matter and its motion, energy and force. Physicists strive to understand nature at its fundamental level, from the path of a marble rolling off of a table to the collective state of electrons in a superconductor. Success in these endeavors usually results in the identification of simple laws governing basic phenomena, and thus provides the ability to predict system behavior. Investigations of this kind are both theoretical and experimental in nature.

Subfields of Physics

Individual physicists tend to specialize in certain subfields and approaches, thus one physicist might label herself a high energy theoretician, while another might label himself as a condensed matter experimentalist. There are a number of common subfields ranging in scale from universe-sized physics, including astrophysics and cosmology, to the ordinary human- sized physics of hard and soft condensed matter, to very small-sized physics. This includes atomic, molecular and optical physics, nuclear physics and high-energy physics. Ultimately, the smallest scales are studied with string theory which links back to universe-sized physics. Paralleling this division of scale is a preference for “pure” or “applied” physics, that relates to how likely a subject is to impact our society in the near term.

Physics at Binghamton

The Binghamton University Physics Department offers PhD, MSc, and both BA and BSc degrees in physics. We also cosponsor the Materials Science and Engineering PhD Program. Research and teaching opportunities are provided to students at all levels, including undergraduate research and teaching assistantships, senior honors theses, graduate teaching and research assistantships. The focus of faculty and student research is both theoretical and experimental and ranges from nano-scale applied physics to high-energy theoretical physics. One may explore individual faculty research pages for more details.


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Last Updated: 7/24/14