Creative Research Medal 2006
Michael Geller, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, conducts research in nanomechanics – the study of designing three-dimensional structure on the scale of micrometers and smaller. In collaboration with experimental physicist Andrew Cleland of UC Santa Barbara, Geller has designed a new type of quantum computer that combines superconductors with nanometer-size resonators, which results in unprecedented computing power. This research has lead to an entirely new branch of physics call phonon quantum optics, which involveds control and manipulation of tiny “heat packages” known as phonons. Geller has also developed a new theory for a scanning probe that can be used to identify individual biomolecules like chromosomes.