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Sara Haravifard


William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics

Experimental Condensed Matter / Quantum Materials

Appointments and Affiliations

  • William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 099 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 613 6821
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  • Ph.D. McMaster University (Canada), 2010
  • M.S. McMaster University (Canada), 2005
  • B.S. McMaster University (Canada), 2003

Research Interests

Exploring novel collective phenomena in quantum materials by means of neutron and x-ray scattering techniques; Investigating quantum critical phenomena at extreme environmental conditions of ultra-low temperature, high magnetic field, and high pressure; Materials by Design: synthesis, single crystal growth and characterization of correlated electron systems, quantum magnets, topological systems, metal-organic frameworks, and high-temperature superconductors.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. ORAU. 2017

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 670: Experimental Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
  • PHYSICS 516: Quantum Materials: Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 362D: Electricity and Magnetism
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Steinhardt, WM; Shi, Z; Samarakoon, A; Dissanayake, S; Graf, D; Liu, Y; Zhu, W; Marjerrison, C; Batista, CD; Haravifard, S, Constraining the Parameter Space of a Quantum Spin Liquid Candidate in
    Applied Field with Iterative Optimization
    , Phys. Rev. Research, vol 3 (2019) [abs].

Affiliate Topics in Materials Research