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Jennifer Hoffman Quantum physicist

Jennifer Hoffman is interested 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 behavior 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

D. Huang, C.-L. Song, T. A. Webb, S. Fang, C.-Z. Chang, J. S. Moodera, E. Kaxiras, J. E. Hoffman, "Revealing the Empty-State Electronic Structure of Single-Unit-Cell FeSe/SrTiO3", Physical Review Letters, 115, 017002, 2015 (arxiv:1503.04792).

R. Comin, A. Frano, M. M. Yee, Y. Yoshida, H. Eisaki, E. Schierle, E. Weschke, R. Sutarto, F. He, A. Soumyanarayanan, Yang He, M. Le Tacon, I.S. Elfimov, J. E. Hoffman, G.A. Sawatzky, B. Keimer, A. Damascelli, "Charge ordering driven by Fermi-arc instability in Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6+d", Science 343, 390, 2014 (arxiv:1312.1343).

A. Soumyanarayanan, M.M. Yee, Y. He, J. van Wezel, D.J. Rahn, K. Rossnagel, E.W. Hudson, M.R. Norman, J. E. Hoffman "A quantum phase transition from triangular to stripe charge order in NbSe2", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 1623, 2013 (arxiv:1212.4087).

I. Zeljkovic, Z. Xu, J. Wen, G. Gu, R. S. Markiewicz, J. E. Hoffman , "Imaging the impact of single oxygen atoms on superconducting Bi2+ySr2-yCaCu2O8+x", Science 337, 320, 2012.

K.M. Lang et al, "Imaging the granular nature of high-Tc superconductivity in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d," Nature, vol. 415, no. 6870, pp. 412-6, 2002.



Associate Fellow Quantum Materials


Harvard University


PhD (Physics) University of California, Berkeley

MA (Physics) University of California, Berkeley

BA (Physics) Harvard University



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