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DAVID ABRAMOVITCH, Caltech PhD Student in Applied Physics




Major: Volunteer Teacher

College/Employer: Caltech

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S812: Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


S813: Big Ideas in Solid State Physics: The Riddles of Graphene in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


S651: Crystals forHarnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Energy -- making it, storing it, using it, and doing it all sustainably -- is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Crystals are beautiful, intriguing, and claimed by many enthusiastic bloggers to have elusive properties for controlling and harnessing our inner energies. But in the world of real science, crystals are perhaps more exciting and powerful than any blogger imagined--including harnessing, storing, and controlling energy in the 21st century! We will talk about how the chemistry and physics of crystals leads to exciting properties and applications to solar cells for catching sunlight, batteries for storing energy, catalysts for clean fuels, and maybe even superconductors. In addition to materials already in use, we will explore future energy applications involving cutting edge nano- and quantum-materials. Along the way, we will learn about bonding, lattices, band structure, surfaces, and other fundamentals of material science underlying these critical applications.


S652: Big Ideas in Solid State Physics: The Riddles of Graphene in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


S420: Quantum Life: An Introduction to Quantum Processes in Biology in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Quantum mechanics underlies the chemistry that makes up everything. However, quantum mechanics is usually behind the scenes in all but the smallest, most isolated, coldest, and shortest lived systems -- electrons, isolated atoms, supercooled, perfectly ordered crystals. Biology -- biomolecules, cells, and organisms-- is (relatively speaking) big, warm, soft, and immersed in messy liquids that would destroy any hope of front and center quantum mechanics. Or so one would think. But scientists have discovered evidence of quantum mechanics in amazing biological applications--with wave particle duality, interference, spin, and more on full display. We will focus on two examples: how plants turn sunlight into fuel in photosynthesis, and how certain birds use the electron’s spin to navigate with the Earth’s magnetic field. We will learn some basic features of quantum mechanics, see some fascinating quantum tricks evolution has discovered, and appreciate just how amazing these bits of quantum biology are, and perhaps what humans can learn from them. It seems even in quantum mechanics, life finds a way.


S421: Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Energy -- making it, storing it, using it, and doing it all sustainably -- is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Crystals are beautiful, intriguing, and claimed by many enthusiastic bloggers to have elusive properties for controlling and harnessing our inner energies. But in the world of real science, crystals are perhaps more exciting and powerful than any blogger imagined--including harnessing, storing, and controlling energy in the 21st century! We will talk about how the chemistry and physics of crystals leads to exciting properties and applications to solar cells for catching sunlight, batteries for storing energy, catalysts for clean fuels, and maybe even superconductors or nuclear power. In addition to materials already in use, we will explore future energy applications involving cutting edge nano- and quantum-materials.