Ordered Electronic Phase on Capacitor Plates for Electromagnetic Shielding and Inductance Applications


  • My experiments revealed a new type of ordered electronic phase in charged parallel capacitor plates. These experiments showed a strong attractive force between the capacitor plates similar to but much stronger than the Casimir force. This new electronic phase exhibits very high inductance and low electrical resistance which potentially makes it well-suited for shielding electric circuits from ambient electromagnetic noise. Electronic circuit shielding is especially important for space flight, space station, and satellite applications. This project is funded through NASA and the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.
  • The students will build computational models to describe the new type of ordered electronic phase in charged capacitor plates. This model should explain the transition from electron gas at high charge densities to the ordered phase at low charge densities as well as the various electronic properties of the ordered electronic phase. Students will also perform experiments to compare, validate, and refine the computational models.

Completion Objectives:

  1. Build a computational model of the electronic phase diagram using Matlab to explain the relative energies of the spin polarized and unpolarized electron gas and ordered phases.
  2. Build a computational model using Matlab to explain the resonance effect between two charged capacitor plates (ordered phase).
  3. Perform experiments to measure quantitative properties of the ordered phase.
  4. Compare experimental and computational results.

Faculty Advisor:

  • Manz

Required Competencies

  • strong background and interest in basic physics, electromagnetism, and calculus; experience in or willing to learn Matlab programming; experience or interest in quantum mechanics

Student Researcher:

  • Jacob Wright and Xaviar Enriquez

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