Phase transition studies, particularly quantum fluids and solids at cryogenic temperatures, in reduced dimensionalities and in the presence of disorder. Prof. Chan's research group is also involved with colleagues in the Center for Nanoscale Science (CNS) studying fluids, metals and superconductors infiltrated in and templated from ordered porous hosts. CNS is a NSF-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).
There are two current themes in my research group. The first theme is the study of onset and nature of the supersolidity in solid He-4 in the limit of absolute zero. The second theme is the transport, structural, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of one dimensional superconducting and magnetic nanowires. The last topic is a collaboration with colleagues in the Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and Material Science Departments through the sponsorship of the Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Graduate students supervised: 12 Ph.D and 7 M.S. students. Postdocotral scholars and visitors hosted:14
This research area provides opportunities for undergraduate research.