Prof. Sasha Dukan wins the National Science Foundation grant

Release date: June 10, 2009

Prof. Sasha Dukan has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research in the amount of $120,000 to support her theoretical research in the area of condensed matter physics.

The three-year long project, Thermal Properties of Strongly-Coupled Extreme Type-II Superconductors in the Mixed State , will focus on enhancing our understanding of two new classes of superconducting materials that have been discovered in the past decade, magnesium diboride in 2001 and iron-based superconductors in 2008. Development of improved superconducting materials of the type studied as part of this research offer potential promise for upgrading the reliability, capacity, and efficiency of the national power grid. The research will focus on developing theoretical models that describe the properties of these novel superconductors, and then carry out numerical simulations to help understand how these materials behave under different conditions, such as changes in temperature and magnetic field.

The computational aspects of the project will provide a variety of learning opportunities for physics, mathematics, and computer science undergraduate students. The research will also be integrated into the academic program at Goucher College, where it will contribute to an interdisciplinary materials science emphasis already in place in the physics curriculum.