Professor Emeritus

Dale J. Van Harlingen

CAS Professor of Physics

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Professor Van Harlingen is an experimental condensed matter physicist who has focused on quantum phenomena and phase dynamics in superconducting systems. He has made contributions to the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy and was instrumental in the development of the Scanning SQUID Microscope for magnetic imaging of vortices in superconductor systems. He pioneered the phase-sensitive SQUID interferometry technique for determining the symmetry of the order parameter in unconventional superconductors and verified the d-wave symmetry of the high-temperature superconductors. For this work, he was awarded the 1998 Oliver E. Buckley Prize (with Donald Ginsberg), American Physical Society. His current interests include the symmetry and mechanism of unconventional superconductors, transport in high-temperature superconductor nanowires, and quantum computing using superconductor devices.

Currently, he is a Professor of Physics and the Donald E. Biggers Professor of Engineering; a principal investigator at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory; and a member of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. Before joining the faculty at UIUC, he was a National Science Foundation NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. He spent a sabbatical year as a Miller Fellow at Berkeley and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Professor Van Harlingen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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