• Relativity, Quantum Physics, and Graphene

    2014 Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics

    Philip KimGuest Lecturer:  Philip Kim
    Professor of Physics, Harvard University

    Graphene, a single atomic layer of graphite discovered only a few years ago, has been provided physicists opportunities to explore an interesting analogy to relativistic quantum mechanics. The unique electronic structure of graphene yields an energy and momentum relation mimicking that of relativistic quantum particles, providing opportunities to explore exotic and exciting science and potential technological applications based on the flat carbon form.
    As a pure, flawless, single-atom-thick crystal, graphene conducts electricity faster at room temperature than any other substance. While engineers envision a range of products made of graphene, such as ultrahigh-speed transistors and flat panel display, physicists are finding the material enables them to test a theory of exotic phenomena previously thought to be observable only in black holes and high-energy particle accelerators. In this presentation Kim will discuss the brief history of graphene research and their implications in science and technology.

    Professor Kim is a world leading scientist in the area of materials research. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1967, he received his B.S in physics at Seoul National University in 1990 and received his Ph. D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1999. He was Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics from University of California, Berkeley during 1999-2001. He then joined in Department of Physics at Columbia University as a faculty member during 2002-2014. He is currently a Professor of Physics and Professor Applied Physics at Harvard University.