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Active Faculty
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Sapp Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
McCullough Bldg., Rm. 356
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4045
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How does quantum decoherence occur? What is the correct theoretical description of strongly correlated electron materials?

The goal of Professor Moler’s research is to answer these two questions about the fundamental behavior of electrons in materials by

- creating a toolbox of sensitive, quantitative, high-resolution local magnetic sensors, enabling routine and noninvasive characterization of small magnetic fields in novel quantum materials, and to share the designs for these tools with other scientists
- conducting a systematic survey of the energetic and dynamics of individual quanta of magnetic flux in various superconductors, to elucidate the mechanism of superconductivity
- conducting a systematic survey of persistent currents in mesoscopic normal metals and superconductors, to understand the mechanisms of quantum decoherence in electrons systems, and
- educating a group of creative and highly skilled graduate and undergraduate students.

Career History

  • R.H. Dicke Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 1995-98.
  • Visiting Scientist, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, 1995.
  • B.S. 1988, Ph.D. 1995, Stanford University.
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford, 1998-2002
  • Associate Professor (with tenure) of Applied Physics, Stanford 2002-present
    • joint with Physics 2004-present


  • Eastman Kodak Scholar, 1986-88
  • NSF Fellow, 1989-92
  • The Carrington Award, 1988
  • Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant, 1990
  • Kirkpatrick Teaching Award, 1992 at Stanford University
  • R.H. Dicke Postdoctoral Fellowship, Princeton 1995-1998
  • Frederick E. Terman Fellowship 1998-2001
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship 1999-2001
  • NSF CAREER Award 1999-2003
  • William L. McMillan Award for “outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics” 1999
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2000-2005
  • Packard Fellowship 2001-present
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Foreign Associate 2000-present
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Stanford Student Chapter Professorial Award (for Teaching) 2004
  • Leigh Paige Prize Lecturer at Yale
  • Sapp Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, 2014

More details:  CV (PDF, Applied Physics)


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