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Stu Wolf

Stu Wolf

Professor Emeritus and former Director, University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research

Ph.D. Physics, Rutgers University, 1969
M.S. Physics, Rutgers University, 1966
A.B. Physics, Columbia College, 1964

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall Room 201A
f: 434-982-5660

Website: NanoStar

Research Interests

My primary interest at UVa is in the study of spin dependent phenomenon in thin films and alternating multilayers of magnetic and non-magnetic metals, semiconductors and insulators. These structures exhibit large changes in resistance depending on the relative orientation of the magnetic layers. These structures can be utilized as non-volatile memory,reconfigurable logic and very sensitive magnetic sensors. I am also interested in the use of the spin degree of freedom as a quantum bit (or qubit) for quantum information processing. Single electron spins can be contained in either self organized or electrically confined quantum dot structures and manipulated electronically to produce quantum gates. Finally, I have a long standing interest in novel superconducting materials including a host of copper oxide and ruthenium oxide based materials.

Professonal Experience and Memberships

I spent 31 years at the Naval Research Laboratory both as a scientist and scientific manager. My research was primarily in superconductivity and magnetism. For the last 12 years, I was first part time and then a full time Program Manager at DARPA supervising projects such as Spintronics, Frequency Agile Materials for Electronics (FAME), Quantum Information Science and Technology (QuIST), Advanced Thermoelectrics,Advanced Magnets for Power Systems (AMPS) and finally Superconducting Hybrid Power Electronics (SuperHyPE)

Research Associate - Case Western Reserve University 1970-1972

Research Physicist - Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) 1972-1982

Supervisory Research Physicist - NRL 1982-2000

Chief Scientist for Materials Physics, Senior Executive Service - NRL 2000-2003

Program Manager - DARPA 1993-2005

Research Professor - University of Virginia , Materials Science and Engineering 2003-2004

Professor - University of Virginia , Materials Science and Engineering and Physics 2004-present

Director, University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Science - 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the American Physical Society - 1984

Meritorious Civilian Service Award - NRL - 1986

Sigma Xi Pure Science Award, NRL Chapter - 1994

E. O. Hulbert Award, NRL - 1995 Regents Lecturer, University of California-2000

Kilby Lecturer, GOMAC - 2001

Selected Publications

Inhomogeneity of the Superconducting State and Consequent Diamagnetism Above T-c: Application to the Cuprates Y.N. Ovchinnikov, S.A. Wolf, V.Z. Kresin Phys. Rev B 60: (6) 4329-4333 Aug. 1999

Isotope Effect and T-c in Manganites and High T-c Oxides V.Z. Kresin, S.A. Wolf J. Appl. Phys. 83: (11) 7357-7359 Part 2 June 1998

Generation and Detection of Pairing Bosons - A New Method to Determine the Mechanism of Superconductivity in the Oxides Y.N. Ovchinnikov, S.A. Wolf, V.Z. Kresin J. super. 11: (2) 323-325 Apr. 1998

Spintronics, Electronics for the 21st Century Stuart A. Wolf Japanese Journal of Magnetics, 23, pp1877-89, 1999 (Invited guest comment)

Intrinsic Inhomogeneity of the Cuprates: Pseudogap, Resistive vs Diamagnetic Transitions, V. Z. Kresin, Y. Ovchinikov and S. A. Wolf J. Super. Vol 13, page 777, 2000

Spintronics: a new paradigm for electronics for the new millennium S. A. Wolf and D. Treger IEEE Trans. On Magnetics, 36, 2748, 2000

Intrinsic inhomogeneities in superconductors and the pseudogap phenomenon Yu. N. Ovchinikov, S. A. Wolf and V. Z. Kresin Phys. Rev. B. Vol. 63, 064524, 2001

Electronics with a twist S. A. Wolf, D. Treger, A. Chtchelkanova The Industrial Physicist, page 33, June/July 2001

Spintronics: A Spin-Based Electronics Vision for the Future S. A. Wolf, D. D. Awschalom, R. A. Buhrman, J. M. Daughton, S. von Molnar, M. L. Roukes, A. Y. Chtchelkanova, D. M. Treger Science, 294, Pages 1488-1495, November 2001 (invited review)

"Giant" Josephson Proximity Effect V. Kresin, Yu. Ovchinnikov and S. A. Wolf Applied Physics Letters , Pages 722-724, July 28, 2003

Spintronics-Spin Based Electronics S. A Wolf, D. Treger and A. Chtchelkanova Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, Edited by W.A. Goddard, D. W. Brenner, S. E Lyshevski and Gerald J. Iafrate CRC Press, 2003