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​Principal Investigator


David W Snoke

Dr. Snoke approaches "clean" semiconductor systems as testbeds for studying basic principles of low-dimensional physics, quantum phases transitions such as Bose-Einstein condensation, nonequilibrium dynamics, dephasing, and control of quantum coherence. For a complete list of his publications click here.

Graduate Students


Jonathan Beaumariage

Jonny has worked towards developing optical characterization techniques for high Q microcavities and has overhauled our lab's automation capabilities. He is also investigating strain effects for tuning strong light-matter coupling in two-dimensional materials.


Qi Yao

Qi is the newest member of our group after he graduated from Peking University in China. He started working in our lab in Summer 2018. He is learning device fabrication and optical measurement techniques. Now he is working in the electrical field induced polariton transport in a wire.


Hassan Alnatah

Hassan joined our group in January 2020 after he graduated from Oregon State University. He is currently learning about light-matter physics in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides. He is also learning about device fabrication as well as optical measurement techniques. 


Qiaochu Wan

Qiaochu joined our group in July 2020 after he graduated from Shanghaitech University in spring 2020. He has one-year working experience in making 2D materials stacks as an exchange student in Feng Wang's group at UC Berkley. He is currently working in our group on setting up a new optics/spectroscopy testing station and studying charged excitonic complexes in 2D materials.

Undergraduate Students

Jessica Chisholm

Jessica is a Junior Undergraduate student who joined our group in January 2020. She is currently learning about 2D TMDs, device fabrication and optical measurement techniques.


Benjamin Ash

Ben started working in our lab in May 2021, and helped automate certain parts of the lab starting in August 2020. He is currently learning about reflectivity, different optical measurement techniques, and fabrication of unique waveguides. Some current areas of interest are different types of waveguides and the Kerr Effect.


Shouvik Mukherjee (Ph.D. 2021): Post-Doctoral Fellow with Gretchen Campbell at University of Maryland.

Zheng Sun (Postdoc 2020): Research Professor at State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy of East China Normal University.

David M. Myers (Ph.D. 2019): Member of technical staff, Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Fort Washington, PA.


Burcu Ozden (Post Doc 2018): Assistant professor at Penn State Abington


Chitra Gautham (Ph.D. 2016): Member of Technical Staff, Intel Corp.


Mark Steger (Ph.D. 2016): Post- Doctoral Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Gangqiang Liu (Ph.D. 2016): Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Yale University, Qlab.


Jeff Wuenschell (Ph.D. 2015): Member of technical staff, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh


Nick Sinclair (Ph.D. 2014): Dynamic Compression Sector, Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University.


Bryan Nelsen (Ph.D. 2012): Postdoc at the Westsaechsiche Hochschule.


Botao Zhang (Ph.D. 2011): Member of Technical Staff, Intel Corp.


Oleg L Berman: (Postdoc 2011) Associate Professor at New York City College of Technology 


Ryan Balili (Ph.D. 2009): Engineer at Gentex. 


Vincent Hartwell (Ph.D. 2009): Member of technical staff, Skibo Energy Systems, Pittsburgh.


Zoltan Voros (Ph.D. 2008): Member of technical staff at PNDetector GmbH, Germany.


Sava Denev (Ph.D. 2005): Postdoc with Venkatraman Gopalan, Penn State University.


Yingmei Liu (Ph.D. 2004): Associate professor at Oklahoma State University.


Viorel Negoita (Ph.D 2004): Member of technical staff, ARGO, Pittsburgh.



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