Michael Garman and Yan Zhuang

Student Authors: Michael Garman  (Class of 2011) and Yan Zhuang (Class of 2013)

Faculty Author: Dr. Sasha Dukan

Michael, a physics student and Yan, a mathematics student are collaborating with Dr. Dukan investigating the thermal conductivity of a two-band superconductor MgB2 in high magnetic field and very low temperatures. Yan and Michael are busy writing C++ programs that calculate thermal conductivity in the presence of disorder.  Preliminary results show that our theory agrees with experiments for a wide range of magnetic fields except when field is too close to the upper-critical field of each band.  We continue thinking and calculating to find out how we can more realistically model disorder in high magnetic field.

Michael and Yan presented a poster on the current status of this research project at the Landmark Conference held at Juanita College in Pennsylvania in July 2010. Michael presented on computational aspects of the project at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas in March 2011. At the meeting he was awarded a prize for the outstanding poster presentation from the Society of Physics Students.

This research is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR-0856415.