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Theodore A. Corcovilos

Assistant Professor of Physics
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Department of Physics

309C Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.5973

Education:

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA
B.A., University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK), Knoxville, TN
Professional Background

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Assistant Professor of Physics. August 2013-present.

The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, PA. Postdoctoral scholar.
Advisor: Prof. David S. Weiss. April 2010-July 2013.

Rice University, Houston, TX. Postdoctoral research associate.
Advisor: Prof. Randall G. Hulet. October 2007-April 2010.

Publications

3D projection sideband cooling. X. Li, T.A. Corcovilos, Y. Wang, D.S. Weiss. Physical Review Letters 108, 103001 (2012).

All-optical production of a lithium quantum gas using narrow-line laser cooling. P.M. Duarte, R.A. Hart, J.M. Hitchcock, T.A. Corcovilos, T.-L. Yang, A. Reed, R.G. Hulet. Physical Review A 84, 061406 (2011).

Detecting antiferromagnetic ordering of atoms in an optical lattice via optical Bragg scattering. T.A. Corcovilos, S.K. Baur, J.M. Hitchcock, E.J. Mueller, and R.G. Hulet. Physical Review A 81, 013415 (2010).

Extreme tunability of interactions in a 7Li Bose-Einstein condensate. S.E. Pollack, D. Dries, M. Junker, Y.P. Chen, T.A. Corcovilos, and R.G. Hulet. Physical Review Letters 102, 090402 (2009).

Experimental studies of Bose-Einstein condensates in disorder. Yong P. Chen, J. Hitchcock, D. Dries, M. Junker, C. Welford, S.E. Pollack, T.A. Corcovilos, R.G. Hulet, Physica D 238, 1321 (2009).

Multi-frequency Superconducting Cavity Stabilized Oscillators (SCSO) for quantum-gas measurements and gravitational physics. T.A. Corcovilos, D.M. Strayer, N. Asplund and N.-C. Yeh. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 134, 431-436 (2004).

Experimental investigation of the asymmetric spectroscopic characteristics of electron- and hole-doped cuprates. N.-C. Yeh, C.-T. Chen, A.D. Beyer, C.R. Hughes, T.A. Corcovilos, and S.I. Lee. Physica C 408-410, 792-793 (2004).

Project SEE (Satellite Energy Exchange): An international effort to develop a space-based mission for precise measurements of gravitation. A.J. Sanders, A.D. Alexeev, S.W. Allison, V. Antonov, K.A. Bronnikov, J.W. Campbell, M.R. Cates, T.A. Corcovilos, D.D. Earl, T. Gadfort, G.T. Gillies, M.J. Harris, N.I. Kolosnitsyn, M.Yu. Konstantinov, V.N. Melnikov, R.J. Newby, R.G. Schunk, and L.L. Smalley. Classical and Quantum Gravity 17, 2331-2346 (2000).

Project SEE (Satellite Energy Exchange): Proposal for space-based gravitational measurements. A.J. Sanders, A.D. Alexeev, S.W. Allison, K.A. Bronnikov, J.W. Campbell, M.R. Cates, T.A. Corcovilos, D.D. Earl, T. Gadfort, G.T. Gillies, M.J. Harris, N.I. Kolosnitsyn, M.Yu. Konstantinov, V.N. Melnikov, R.J. Newby, R.G. Schunk, and L.L. Smalley. Measurement Science and Technology 10, 514-524 (1999).

Activities and Awards

Professional Activities

  • PSU Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Committee (2012-2013)
  • PSU Eberly College of Science Postdoctoral Affairs Subcommittee (2012-2013)
  • Member of Optical Society of America (2012-present)
  • Member of American Physical Society (1997-present)
  • Organizer of Caltech Physics Graduate Student Seminar (2002)
  • President of UTK Society of Physics Students (1998-1999)
  • UTK Physics curriculum committee student representative (1998-1999)
  • Member UTK Society of Physics Students (1996-1999)

Awards

  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellowship (2000-2003)
  • UTK Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement (1999)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (1997-1999)
  • UTK Phi Beta Kappa honor society (1998)
  • UTK Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society (1997)
  • UTK College Scholars Program (1996-1999)
  • UTK Chancellor's Scholarship (1995-1999)
  • UTK Physics Roseberry award for outstanding undergraduate (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • UTK Mathematics Department Scholarship (1996, 1997)
Research Interests
  • Experimental modeling of condensed matter systems using ultracold atoms, in particular building analogs to look at the microscopic behavior of junctions between different materials.
  • Quantum computing and studies of quantum information using ultracold atoms.