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Yale’s Schoelkopf Elected to Fellowship in American Physical Society


New Haven, Conn. — Robert J Schoelkopf , professor of applied physics and physics at Yale University has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his innovative use of microwave techniques.

The APS is one of the premier professional associations for researchers in the physical sciences. Election to Fellowship is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and represents peer recognition for outstanding contributions to physics.

Schoelkopf’s present research interests center on the physics of nanostructures and single-electron devices, as well as their application to problems in metrology, ultrasensitive detectors, and quantum computation.

The citation will be presented in March 2006 at the annual meeting of the APS Division of Condensed Matter, the section that nominated him. It will read “For his innovative use of microwave techniques, including invention of the radio frequency single electron transistor and development of the first realization of strong coupling cavity QED in electrical circuits.”

Schoelkopf came to Yale as a post-doctoral fellow in 1995, became a lecturer then joined the Faculty of Engineering in 1998. He was promoted to full professorship in physics and applied physics in 2003. He received his A.B. in physics from Princeton, cum laude, and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology after spending two years as an electrical/cryogenic engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, developing low-temperature radiation detectors and cryogenic instrumentation for future space missions.

Among the honors Shoelkopf has received are a NASA Technical Innovator Award (1996), a Technical Excellence Award from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997). He was a Semi-finalist for the Discover Magazine Technological Innovation of the Year (1999). He held a Yale University Junior Faculty Fellowship (2002-2003)and has been a David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellow since 2000.


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