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Posted: 27 January 2006

Award-winning physicist to give lecture at UCD

UCD is honoured to welcome Professor Seamus Davis on February 8th, 2006, for a lecture entitled ‘The Secret Order of the Cuprates’. An acclaimed experimental physicist, with an outstanding worldwide reputation, Prof. Davis completed his undergraduate studies at University College Cork before going to the USA. There he rose rapidly through the ranks from graduate student to Professor at University of California, Berkeley. In 2003 he joined the faculty at Cornell University, which has an outstanding tradition in condensed matter physics.

Professor Seamus Davis
Professor Seamus Davis

Professor Davis’ research interest lies in low temperature physics, a technically very demanding discipline; last year he received the major international prize in low temperature physics – the London Prize. In recent years he made an important breakthrough in STM (Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy) achieving spectroscopic images with atomic resolution over unprecedented large areas in high temperature superconductors. His breakthrough opened up a whole new approach to the characterisation of these materials, which has aroused tremendous interest worldwide. STM is a new type of spectroscopy, not limited to just physics, but also finds applications in materials science, chemistry and biology.

The UCD lecture, entitled The Secret Order of the Cuprates, will take place on Wednesday, February 8th, at 4pm in the UCD Health Science Centre (Lecture Theatre B005).

Professor Davis will also give a lecture in the Royal Irish Academy, entitled ‘Visualising Complex Electronic Quantum Matter’.

For further information please contact Bairbre Fox on 7162213 or email:

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