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.