I am a graduate student at the Institute for Quantum Matter (IQM) at Johns Hopkins University, working toward my PhD in physics under Collin Broholm as a Gardner Fellow and Lockheed Martin/KPMG ARCS fellow.  I study collective phenomena in condensed matter spanning crystal growth, advanced spectroscopy (mostly neutron scattering, hence that equation up top), and theory.  

IQM is a collaboration between Princeton and Johns Hopkins University, where as a whole we're on a search for new states of matter dominated by quantum phenomena.  Some interesting possibilities I've been involved with include spin-liquids, where even at absolute zero spins do not "freeze" out and remain dynamic, and topological insulators, which are insulating in the bulk but host exotic metallic states on their surfaces. 

Currently, my main interest is strongly interacting f-electron systems where renormalization effects become dramatic and yet no order is observed.  This includes the currently hot topic of topological Kondo insulators.  In a recent paper, we worked out how neutron scattering can be used to infer band inversion and topology and the consequences of interactions in such systems with unmatched precision.  The idea of a Pseudo-Fermi Surface may also aid understanding of the recent observation of quantum oscillations in the insulating state of SmB6. 

I've also spent a fair bit of time working with frustrated magnetic systems, where competing interactions lead to large degeneracies that make for intriguing dynamics.  Besides the spin-liquids, magnon decays can be present in strongly interacting frustrated systems.  This effect is a truly quantum one where interacting magnons, the quasi-particles of spin-waves, obtain a finite lifetime due even at zero temperature. 

At home I have many hobbies, including propagation of corals & general saltwater reef keeping, music performance & sound engineering (attended Berklee College of Music before deciding to study waves a bit differently), fishing, hiking (especially the Grand Canyon), car repair (Jeeps or German), and whatever other projects I can fit into the basement. 

I did my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of California, Irvine.  I worked with Sasha Chernyshev on magnon decay dynamics and Sara Eichhorn on quantum game theory, as well as a couple mathematical modeling competitions.  More on my undergrad research and hobbies can be found in the 'about me' section above.