Abbamonte Group

Department of Physics and Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

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M-EELS in a Box

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The M-EELS experiment is down for six weeks as the ESCO project to rebuild the HVAC system for the entire MRL building moves to our floor. The whole instrument is now encased in a giant plywood box to protect it from dust and mishaps. We hope to be recommissioning the instrument in the middle of March. […]


Discovery of “Excitonium”

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We just published a paper finally demonstrating that TiSe2 contains a Bose condensate of excitons. The experimental signature is a soft plasmon that falls to zero frequency at Tc. Bert Halperin and Maurice Rice nicknamed this phase “excitonium” in their  1968 Rev. Mod. Phys. paper to emphasize the physical picture of an exciton condensate as an electronic crystal. […]