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Cao, Gang



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research overview

  • We are interested in discovery and control of novel quantum materials that are driven by a combined effect of spin-orbit interactions and electron-electron correlation. Our research program encompasses a methodical search for new materials in single-crystal form, and a systematic effort to elucidate the underlying physics of these materials. Our group is equipped with (1) advanced techniques and comprehensive facilities to synthesize bulk single crystals of a wide range of materials, in particular, novel transition metal oxides and chalcogenides, and (2) a wide spectrum of tools for experimental studies of structural, transport, magnetic, thermal and dielectric properties as functions of chemical composition, temperature, magnetic field, and pressure. Measurements are often carried out at extreme conditions, i.e., ultralow temperatures, high magnetic fields and high pressures. We have also established broad collaborations with leading scientists in the US and around the world.


  • Novel quantum materials, Control of quantum states, Material properties at extreme conditions of strong magnetic field high, pressure, and ultra-low temperature.


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courses taught

  • MSEN 5919 - Special Topics in MSE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Offers an opportunity for special topics in MSE. Subject arrangement to fit the needs of the program. May be repeated up to 10 total credit hours.
  • PHYS 1110 - General Physics 1
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Three lect., one rec. per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. First semester of three-semester sequence for science and engineering students. Covers kinematics, dynamics, momentum of particles and rigid bodies, work and energy, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and introduction to thermodynamics. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1115.
  • PHYS 1140 - Experimental Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces experimental physics through laboratory observation of a wide range of phenomena. Covers experiments on physical measurements, including mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and optics, with the mathematical analysis of physical errors associated with the experimental process.
  • PHYS 2010 - General Physics 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers mechanics, heat and sound. Thorough presentation of fundamental facts and principles of physics using algebra and trigonometry. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020. Department enforced prerequisites: ability to use high school algebra and trigonometry.
  • PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Introduces laboratory electronics for physical science students. Includes basic electronic instruments, dc bridge circuits, operational amplifiers, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors, photodiodes, noise in electronic circuits, digital logic and microcontrollers. Students gain hands-on experience in designing, building and debugging circuits. Two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Concludes with a three-week project in which students design and build an experiment of their choice and present a seminar on the results.
  • PHYS 4340 - Introduction to Solid State Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Discusses crystal structure, lattice dynamics, band theory, semiconductors and ferromagnetism.


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