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Our group seeks to understand fundamental properties of condensed matter systems with a focus on low-dimensional materials. In these materials quantum mechanical effects can dominate, yielding novel physics that is absent in the bulk. Material properties can be controlled by adjusting the composition of the material, providing researchers with advantageous properties. An excellent example of such a material is graphene, a two-dimensional crystal composed of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice. The low energy excitations of graphene behave as massless particles, in marked contrast to bulk graphite. The electronic structure of graphene can also be chemically modified through oxidation (graphene oxide) leading to a semimetal-insulator transition.

We examine a variety of different nanomaterials including two-dimensional materials "beyond graphene," nanowire networks, and charge transfer crystals. The primary tools our team uses are optical spectroscopy and electronic measurement techniques. We are in the process of constructing a home-built confocal microscope that will allow us to perform Raman, photoluminesence, reflectance, and photoconductivity measurements on micron length scales and at low temperature (~4K). We also have access to magnetotransport measurements through a collaboration with scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory. Additional information can be found under our Research section.

Thank you for your interest and we encourage you to reach out with questions about our developing work.

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Dr. Patrick Vora
pvora@gmu.edu

Office: PLAN 237
Office Phone: 703.993.4214

Planetary Hall, Room 10
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030

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