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Peter M. Abbamonte

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
104 Seitz Materials Research Lab
Urbana, IL 61801-3080

Phone: (217) 244-4861
Fax:     (217) 333-9819



Professor Abbamonte received his Ph.D in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. He then went to the University of Groningen in The Netherlands on an IRFAP fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In 2001, he returned to the U.S. as a postdoc in biophysics at Cornell University, and joined the scientific staff at
Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2003. He moved back to the University of Illinois in 2005, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and an affiliate of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

Professor Abbamonte is regarded as one of the originators of the new technique of resonant soft x-ray scattering, which he has used, among other things, to show that stripes in copper-oxide superconductors are charged. This technique is now in use or under commissioning at every major synchrotron facility in the world. He is also known for his solution to the phase problem for inelastic x-ray scattering, which has provided a means to perform real-time imaging of electron motion in condensed matter, with attosecond time resolution.

Research Interests

Electron self-organization in condensed matter, stripe phases, topological order; edge and interface effects in oxide devices; quantum phase transitions; collective excitations in interacting electron systems.

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