Aron Pinczuk

Professor of Applied Physics and Physics

Applied Physics
Mail Code: 4701
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 1-

Research Specialty

Spectroscopy of semiconductors & insulators, quantum structures, systems of reduced dimensions, atomic layers of graphene, electron quantum fluids


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1969

Research Interests

My interests are in the general area of research of nanostructures by optical methods. The nanostructures are artificial systems constructed by novel fabrication techniques that take advantage of atomic control of composition and layer thickness. A diverse group of such nanostructures has revolutionized the technologies of contemporary microelectronics and optoelectronics. At Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, much of my work has centered on semiconductor heterostructures. Using experimental tools such as inelastic light scattering we are able to characterize the confinement of electron states, and the collective behaviors of charge carriers in quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. In recent low-temperature inelastic light scattering experiments, we demonstrated, for the first time, the measurement of elementary excitations of electron quantum liquids in two-dimensional systems. This research reveals quantum behavior that is not easily accessible by other methods. We are currently studying extremely low-density systems with the goal of understanding fundamental electron-electron interactions.

In January 1998 I accepted a position of full-time Professor in the Depts. of Applied Physics and Physics at Columbia University. At the same time I continue with research programs at Bell Laboratories. I anticipate continuity of work in the general area of low temperature physics of electron systems in semiconductor heterostructures. I will also extend the reach of my research interests to include other areas such as studies of a diverse group of ultra-thin multilayers. Initial work in this area will include systems constructed with piezoelectric and/or ferroelectric materials. I believe this research will uncover novel fundamental physics which also has impact on materials science.

Recent Publications

Annette S. Plaut, Ulrich Wurstbauer, Aron Pinczuk, Jorge M. Garcia, and Loren N. Pfeiffer
Counting Molecular-Beam Grown Graphene Layers
Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 241905 (2013)

Ilirjan Aliaj, Vittorio Pellegrini, Andrea Gamucci, Biswajit Karmakar, Aron Pinczuk, Loren N. Pfeiffer, and Ken W. West
Evidence of Inter-layer Interaction in Magneto-Luminescence Spectra of Electron Bilayers
Phys. Rev. B 87, 161303(R) (2013)

A. Gamucci, V. Pellegrini, A. Singha, A. Pinczuk, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, and M. Rontani,
Probing the Spin States of Three Interacting Electrons in Quantum Dots
Phys. Rev. B 85, 033307 (2012)

Rui He, Liuyan Zhao, Nicholas Petrone, Keun Soo Kim, Michael Roth, James Hone, Philip Kim, Abhay Pasupathy, and Aron Pinczuk
Large Physisorption Strain in Chemical Vapor Deposition of Graphene on Copper Substrates
Nano Letters, 12 (5), 2408-2413 (2012)

Sarah Goler, Jun Yan, Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk
Raman Spectroscopy of Magneto-Phonon Resonances in Graphene and Graphite
Solid State Communications, Volume 152, Issue 15: 1289-1293 (2012)

Jorge M. Garcia, Ulrich Wurstbauer, Antonio Levy, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Aron Pinczuk, Annette S. Plaut, Lei Wang, Cory R. Dean, Roberto Buizza, Arend M. Van Der Zande, James Hone, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi
Graphene Growth on h-BN by Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Solid State Communications, Volume 152, Issue 12: 975-978 (2012)

Ulrich Wurstbauera, Theanne Schiros, Cherno Jaye, Annette S. Plaut, Rui He, Albert Rigosi, Christopher Gutiérrez,Daniel Fischer, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Abhay N. Pasupathy, Aron Pinczuk, Jorge M. Garcia
Molecular Beam Growth of Graphene Nanocrystals on Dielectric Substrates
Carbon Vol. 50, Issue 13: 4822–4829 (2012)

Trevor D. Rhone, Jun Yan, Yann Gallais, Aron Pinczuk, Loren Pfeiffer, and Ken West
Rapid Collapse of Spin Waves in Nonuniform Phases of the Second Landau Level
Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 196805 (2011)

Liuyan Zhao, Rui He, Kwang Taeg Rim, Theanne Schiros, Keun Soo Kim, Hui Zhou, Christopher Gutiérrez, S. P. Chockalingam, Carlos J. Arguello, Lucia Pálová, Dennis Nordlund, Mark S. Hybertsen, David R. Reichman, Tony F. Heinz, Philip Kim, Aron Pinczuk, George W. Flynn, Abhay N. Pasupathy
Visualizing Individual Nitrogen Dopants in Monolayer Graphene
Science 19 August, Vol. 333 no. 6045 pp. 999-1003 (2011)

Trevor D. Rhone, Dwipesh Majumder, Brian S. Dennis, Cyrus Hirjibehedin, Irene Dujovne, Javier G. Groshaus, Yann Gallais, Jainendra K. Jain, Sudhansu S. Mandal, Aron Pinczuk, Loren Pfeiffer, and Ken West
Higher-Energy Composite Fermion Levels in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect
Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 096803 (2011)

Jorge M. García, Rui He, Mason P. Jiang, Philip Kim, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Aron Pinczuk,
Multilayer Graphene Grown by Precipitation Upon Cooling of Nickel on Diamond
Carbon, March, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp. 1006-1012 (2011)

Jun Yan, Sarah Goler, Trevor D. Rhone, Melinda Han, Rui He, Philip Kim, Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk
Observation of Magnetophonon Resonance of Dirac Fermions in Graphite
Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 227401 (2010)

Achintya Singha, Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Ken W. West, and Massimo Rontani
Correlated Electrons in Optically Tunable Quantum Dots: Building an Electron Dimer Molecule
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 246802 (2010)

Jorge M. Garcia, Rui He, Mason P. Jiang, Jun Yan, Aron Pinczuk, Yuri M. Zuev, Keun Soo Kim, Philip Kim, Kirk Baldwin, Ken W. West, Loren N. Pfeiffer
Multilayer Graphene Films Grown by Molecular Beam Deposition
Solid State Communications, May, Vol. 150, Is. 17–18, pp. 809–811 (2010)

Rui He, Nancy G. Tassi, Graciela B. Blanchet, and Aron Pinczuk
Low-Lying Lattice Modes of Highly Uniform Pentacene Monolayers
Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 223310 (2009)

Biswajit Karmakar, Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Ken W. West
First-Order Quantum Phase Transition of Excitons in Quantum Hall Bilayers
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 036802 (2009)

Jun Yan, Theresa Villarson, Erik A. Henriksen, Philip Kim, and Aron Pinczuk
Optical Phonon Mixing in Bilayer Graphene with a Broken Inversion Symmetry
Phys. Rev. B 80, 241417(R) (2009)

Marco Gibertini, Achintya Singha, Vittorio Pellegrini, Marco Polini, Giovanni Vignale, Aron Pinczuk, Loren N. Pfeiffer and Ken W. West
Engineering Artificial Graphene in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas
Phys. Rev. B 79, 241406(R) (2009)

Sokratis Kalliakos, Massimo Rontani, Vittorio Pellegrini, César Pascual García, Aron Pinczuk, Guido Goldoni, Elisa Molinari, Loren N. Pfeiffer & Ken W. West
A Molecular State of Correlated Electrons in a Quantum Dot
Nature Physics 4, 467 - 471 (2008)

Jun Yan, Erik A. Henriksen, Philip Kim, and Aron Pinczuk
Observation of Anomalous Phonon Softening in Bilayer Graphene
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 136804 (2008)

Javier G. Groshaus,Irene Dujovne, Yann Gallais, Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin, Aron Pinczuk, Yan-Wen Tan, Horst Stormer, Brian S. Dennis, Loren N. Pfeiffer, and Ken W. West
Spin Texture and Magnetoroton Excitations at v=1/3
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 046804 (2008)

Sokratis Kalliakos,Vittorio Pellegrini, and, Cesar Pascual Garcia, Aron Pinczuk, Loren N. Pfeiffer and, and Ken. W. West
Optical Control of Energy-Level Structure of Few Electrons in AlGaAs/GaAs Quantum Dots
Nano Lett., 8 (2), pp 577–581(2008)

Yan J, Pinczuk A, et al.
Electric Field Effect Tuning of Electron Phononcoupling in Graphene
Physical Review Letters (2007)

Gallais Y, Pinczuk A, et al.
Transition From Free to Interacting Composite Fermions Away From Nu=1/3
Physical Review Letters 97, 036804 (2006)

Garcia Cp, Pellegrini V, Pinczuk A, et al.
Evidence of Correlation in Spin Excitations of Few-Electron Quantum Dots
Physical Review Letters 95, 266806 (2005)

He R, Chi X, Pinczuk A, et al.
Extrinsic Optical Recombination in Pentacene Single Crystals: Evidence of Gap States
Applied Physics Letters 87, 211117 (2005)

He R, Tassi Ng, Blanchet Gb, Pinczuk A
Fundamental Optical Recombination in Pentacene Clusters and Ultrathin Films
Applied Physics Letters 87, 103107 (2005)

Dujovne I, Hirjibehedin Cf, Luin S, Pellegrini V, Pinczuk A, et al.
Shining Light on Electrons Under Extreme Conditions
Solid State Communications 135, 645 (2005)

Hirjibehedin Cf, Dujovne I, Pinczuk A, et al.
Splitting of Long-Wavelength Modes of the Fractional Quantum Hall Liquid at Nu=1/3
Physical Review Letters 95, 066803 (2005)

Dujovne I, Pinczuk A, Kang M, et al.
Composite-Fermion Spin Excitations as Nu Approaches 1/2: Interactions in the Fermi Sea
Physical Review Letters 95, 056808 (2005)

Luin S, Pellegrini V, Pinczuk A, et al.
Observation of Collapse of Pseudospin Order in Bilayer Quantum Hall Ferromagnets
Physical Review Letters 94, 146804 (2005)

He R, Dujovne I, Chen Lw, Miao Q, Hirjibehedin Cf, Pinczuk A, et al.
Resonant Raman Scattering in Nanoscale Pentacene Films
Applied Physics Letters 84, 987, (2004)

Hirjibehedin Cf, Pinczuk A, Dennis Bs, et al.
Crossover and Coexistence of Quasiparticle Excitations in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime At Nu <= 1/3
Physical Review Letters 91, 186802 (2003)

Luin S, Pellegrini V, Pinczuk A, et al.
Observation of Soft Magnetorotons in Bilayer Quantum Hall Ferromagnets
Physical Review Letters 90, 236802 (2003)

Rubio J, Calleja Jm, Pinczuk A, et al.
Observation of Sharp Collective Excitations of the One-Dimensional Electron Gas in Cleaved-Edge-Overgrown Semiconductor Quantum Wires
Solid State Communications 125, 149 (2003)

Dujovne I, Pinczuk A, Kang Ms, et al.
Evidence of Landau Levels and Interactions in Low-Lying Excitations of Composite Fermions at 1/3 <=Nu <= 2/5
Physical Review Letters 90, 036803 (2003)

Moonsoo Kang, A. Pinczuk, B.S. Dennis, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West
Observation of Multiple Magnetorotons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect,
Physical Review Letters 86, 2637 (2001)

Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk, Brian Dennis, Annette Plaut, Loren Pfeiffer, Ken West,
Evidence of Soft-Mode Quantum Phase Transitions in Electron Double Layers
Science 281, 799 (1998).

Hasen, L.N. Pfeiffer, A. Pinczuk, Song He, K.W. West, B.S. Dennis,
Metamorphosis of a Quantum Wire Into Quantum Dots
J Nature, 390, 54 (1997).

Moonsoo Kang, A. Pinczuk, B.S. Dennis, M.A. Eriksson, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West
Inelastic Light Scattering by Gap Excitations of Fractional Quantum Hall States at 1/3<lv<2/3
Physical Review Letters 84, 547 (2000).

M.A. Eriksson, A. Pinczuk, B.S. Dennis, S.H. Simon, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West
Collective Excitations of the Dilute 2d Electron System
Physical Review Letters 82, 2163 (1999)

Vittorio Pellegrini, Aron Pinczuk, Brian Dennis, Annette Plaut, Loren Pfeiffer, Ken West
Collapse of Spin Excitations in Quantum Hall States of Electron Double Layers
Physical Review Letters 78, 310 (1997)

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