Alessandra Lanzara

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
(510) 642-4863
Research Expertise and Interest
nanostructures, physics, solid-state physics, complex novel materials, correlated electron systems, temperature superconductors, colossal magneto-resistance manganites, organic material, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanosphere, nanorods

My main research interests lie in the area of experimental condensed matter physics. The primary goal is to understand the underlying physics of novel materials and nanostructures and how complexity gives rise to unusual and extreme properties. Specific research topics include: science and technology of carbon nanostructures such as graphene and nanodiamond, and the science of correlated materials as high temperature superconductors and colossal magneto-resistance manganites. We utilize novel state of the art experimental tools to uncover the electronic properties of materials with energy, momentum, spatial, spin and time resolution (angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), nano-ARPES, Spin-ARPES and laser ARPES). We are also developing novel way to synthesize two dimensional graphene and functionalized graphene for electronic and energy related applications.

Selected Publications

1) Substrate induced band gap opening in epitaxial graphene In press Nature Materials (2007) S. Y. Zhou, et al.

2) First direct observation of Dirac fermions in graphite Nature Physics 2, 595 (2006) S. Y. Zhou, et al.

3) An Unusual Isotope Effect in a High Temperature Superconductor Nature 430, 187-190 (2004) G. -H. Gweon et al. A. Lanzara

4) Band Structure and Fermi Surface of Electron Doped C60 Monolayers Science 300, 303-307 (2003) W. L. Yang et al.

5) Ubiquitous Electron-Phonon Coupling in High Temperature Superconductors." Nature 412, 510-514 (2001) A.Lanzara, et al.

In the News

May 31, 2012

A new tool to attack the mysteries of high-temperature superconductivity

Using ultrafast lasers, Berkeley Lab scientists have tackled the long-standing mystery of how Cooper pairs form in high-temperature superconductors. With pump and probe pulses spaced just trillionths of a second apart, the researchers used photoemission spectroscopy to map rapid changes in electronic states across the superconducting transition.