Research in the Strongly Correlated Electron Laboratory is led by Dr. Ho, Pei-Chun. The main focus of her research is on advanced materials
that can improve our future energy efficiency and conservation. The study includes
the investigation of unconventional superconductivity through the interplay between
superconductivity and magnetism and quantum critical behavior. A second project is
focused on the effect of reduced dimensionality on magnetism of rare earth elemental
nano-clusters. Physical properties of these materials are characterized through high
magnetic field and low temperature measurements such as electrical resistivity, ac
magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, thermopower, and thermal conductivity at Dr.
Ho’s lab. This group currently consists of 4 undergraduates. Emphasis is on hands-on
experience in designing and setting up instrumentation required for experiments, Computer
interfacing and LabView programming, data analysis, and synthesis of bulk and nano-sized
rare earth materials.