Jennifer Hoffman



  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • Harvard University


  • United States


PhD (Physics), University of California, Berkeley
MA (Physics), University of California, Berkeley
BA (Physics), Harvard University


Jennifer Hoffman is a quantum physicist with an interest in how electrons behave within exotic materials.

Her research team has designed and constructed three low-temperature scanning probe microscopes to visualize and manipulate this behaviour directly. Innovative techniques include quasiparticle interference imaging to extract the band structure of materials at the nanoscale, and force microscopy to trigger nanoscale electronic phase transitions. Materials of particular interest include high temperature superconductors, topological insulators and strongly correlated vanadates, all of which present deep physics questions as well as potential for novel applications.


Moore Foundation Experimental Investigator Award, 2014

Radcliffe Fellowship, 2013

Sloan Fellowship, 2010

NSF CAREER Award, 2008

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2006

Relevant Publications

Huang, D. et al. "Revealing the Empty-State Electronic Structure of Single-Unit-Cell FeSe/SrTiO3." Physical Review Letters 115 (2015). arXiv:1503.04792.

Comin, R. et al. "Charge order driven by Fermi-arc instability in Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6+d." Science 343 (2014): 390–92. arXiv:1312.1343.

Soumyanarayanan, A. et al. "A quantum phase transition from triangular to stripe charge order in NbSe2." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (2013). arXiv:1212.4087.

Zeljkovic, I. et al. "Imaging the impact of single oxygen atoms on superconducting Bi2+ySr2-yCaCu2O8+x." Science 337 (2012): 320–23.

Lang, K.M. et al. "Imaging the granular nature of high-Tc superconductivity in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d." Nature 415, no. 6870 (2002): 412–16.