Femtosecond Manipulation of Quantum Materials

Fahad Mahmood Research Group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

About us

We are an experimental condensed matter physics group in the Department of Physics and the Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

We are primarily interested in using light-matter interaction at short (fs to ps) timescales to understand and alter the collective behavior of electrons in a variety of quantum materials.

Our group is seeking motivated undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs. Please contact Fahad Mahmood at fahad@illinois.edu to learn more.

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  • May 2022: We were awarded a Flexible Funding grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQs)! Press release here

  • Check out our new music video "Condensed Matter Girl!"

  • Sahaj won a 2022 Simmons Undergraduate Research Scholarship and the 2022 Undergraduate Outreach Award for his work with Physics Van! Go Sahaj!

  • Yidi won the 2022 John A. Gardner Undergraduate Research Award! Well done Yidi!

  • Nina and Azel received a Spring 2022 University Fellowship for their outstanding recent research and service/outreach accomplishments!

  • May 2022: Yinchuan was selected as Mavis Future Faculty Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year. Great job Yinchuan!

  • December 2021: Fahad received a 2022 National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) Award! See announcement here

  • October 2021: Our submission for "Science in the time of COVID" contest by DOE won first place: Nevertheless she persisted (over zoom)!

  • September 2021: Azel won the I-MRSEC baking competition with a pistachio nanotube THz emitter cake entry! Congrats Azel!

  • August 2021: We welcome new lab members: Ameya and Yidi!

  • We bid farewell to Andrea who is off to bigger and better things as a graduate student at MIT!

  • May 2021: Sahaj won the 2021 Philip J. and Betty M. Anthony Undergraduate Summer Research Award and Andrea won the 2021 Ernest M. Lyman Prize Award. We are very proud of you, Andrea and Sahaj!

  • April 2021: Yinchuan successfully passed his preliminary exam! Congrats Yinchuan!

  • March 2021: Our group participated in the APS March meeting. Recordings of talks can be found here: Soyeun, Yinchuan, Nina, Andrea

  • October 2020: We are now part of the DOE EFRC Quantum Sensing and Quantum Materials (QSQM)! Award #DE-SC0021238.

  • August 2020: Our I-TMD project in collaboration with Professor Lynford Goddard is now supported by an I-MRSEC Seed!

  • May 2020: What we did while away from lab... <link>

  • March 2020: Emergency shutdown due to COVID-19 :(

  • February 2020: Postdoc Soyeun Kim joins the group. Welcome Soyeun!

  • January 2020: Nina received the SURGE fellowship and the MRSEC Graduate College Fellowship. Well done Nina!

  • December 2019: Andrea became a DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholar. Congratulations Andrea!