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ILYA Drozdov

Currently: Associate Physicist, Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy @ OASIS, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department

ILYA Drozdov

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department
Bldg. 734
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3044

Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGPs): he, him, his

physicist, experimentalist, quantum materials scientist, serial tool builder

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Highlights | Awards | Video


STM, OMBE, inelastic light scattering

Research Activities

IBM Q, topological superconductivity for quantum computing, (co)homology in materials, 2D systems (graphene, borophene, etc.), synthesis of high-Tc superconductors and hybrids, quantum interconnects, experimental innovations in surface science, spectromicroscopy, synergy


PhD in Physics, awarded 2015, Department of Physics, Princeton University;

MA in Physics, awarded 2012, Department of Physics, Princeton University;

MS in Applied Physics and Mathematics, awarded 2010, BS in Applied Physics and Mathematics, awarded 2008, Department of General and Applied Physics (FOPF), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT, Fizteh), Major: Solid State Physics, Host institution: Institute of Solid State Physics (ISSP) of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) [Chernogolovka], Laboratory of Non-equilibrium Electronic Processes (LNEP).

Professional Appointments

Research Scientist at the Department of Physics, University of Connecticut (UCONN)

Selected Publications

  • Solovyov V, Saira O-P, Mendleson Z, Drozdov I (2021) YBCO-on-Kapton: Material for High-Density Quantum Computer Interconnects With Ultra-Low Thermal Loss. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 31:1–5. doi: 10.1109/tasc.2021.3057010
  • Valla T, Drozdov IK, Gu GD (2020) Disappearance of superconductivity due to vanishing coupling in the overdoped Bi$$_{2}$$Sr$$_{2}$$CaCu$$_{2}$$O$$_{8+\delta }$$. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14282-4
  • Drozdov IK, Alexandradinata A, Jeon S, Nadj-Perge S, Ji H, Cava RJ, Andrei Bernevig B, Yazdani A (2014) One-dimensional topological edge states of bismuth bilayers. Nature Physics 10:664–669. doi: 10.1038/nphys3048
  • Schindler F, Wang Z, Vergniory MG, Cook AM, Murani A, Sengupta S, Kasumov AY, Deblock R, Jeon S, Drozdov I, Bouchiat H, Guéron S, Yazdani A, Bernevig BA, Neupert T (2018) Higher-order topology in bismuth. Nature Physics 14:918–924. doi: 10.1038/s41567-018-0224-7
  • Nadj-Perge S, Drozdov IK, Li J, Chen H, Jeon S, Seo J, MacDonald AH, Bernevig BA, Yazdani A (2014) Observation of Majorana fermions in ferromagnetic atomic chains on a superconductor. Science 346:602–607. doi: 10.1126/science.1259327
  • Feldman BE, Randeria MT, Li J, Jeon S, Xie Y, Wang Z, Drozdov IK, Andrei Bernevig B, Yazdani A (2016) High-resolution studies of the Majorana atomic chain platform. Nature Physics 13:286–291. doi: 10.1038/nphys3947
  • Wu Z-B, Putzky D, Kundu AK, Li H, Yang S, Du Z, Joo SH, Lee J, Zhu Y, Logvenov G, Keimer B, Fujita K, Valla T, Bo┼żovic I, Drozdov IK (2020) Homogeneous superconducting gap in DyBa2Cu3O7−δ synthesized by oxide molecular beam epitaxy. Physical Review Materials. doi: 10.1103/physrevmaterials.4.124801

Research Highlights


Princeton University announcement «Capping decades of searching, Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle»
Science Magazine «Perspective: Seeking out Majorana under the microscope» by Patrick Lee, MIT
Scientific American «New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter: Researchers see signature of «Majorana particles» inside superconducting iron»


Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics «Edge States Spectrum in Bismuth Bilayers measured by STM» — PDF Commentary by Leonid Glazman, Yale University (2014)
Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics «Mystery solved of the sawtooth Josephson effect in Bismuth» — PDF commentary by Carlo Beenakker, Leiden University (2018)
Nature Physics September 2018 Cover «Bismuth on higher ground»
Nature Physics September 2018 Editorial «Topology reaches higher spheres»


BNL press release «Scientists Enter Unexplored Territory in Superconductivity Search»
BNL press release «Making High-Temperature Superconductivity Disappear to Understand Its Origin»


BNL press release «Borophene Advances as 2 -D Materials Platform»
Yale University announcement «Yale Scientists make a Borophene breakthrough

Awards & Recognition

( 2016 - 2018 ) The Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship;
( 2017 ) «Brookhaven National Laboratory Spotlight Award»;
( 2010 ) The A. Watson Armour, III ’ 33 Centennial Fellowship;
( 2010 ) U.S. Department of State EducationUSA Opportunity Program Award.

Featured Video

  • Majorana in Chains by Ilya Drozdov

    October 2, 2014

    Appearing today in Science magazine, our group reports the observation of Majorana fermions in chains of Fe atoms on the surface of Pb. This short video shows schematically how evaporation and annealing of Fe on a Pb (110) surface can be used to make chains made up of Fe atom (the actual chains in the experiment are triple chains). High-resolution scanning tunneling microscope is used not only to probe the structure and magnetic texture of such chains but also to probe the probability density of detecting the Majorana fermion at their ends.

Majorana in Chains

ILYA Drozdov

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department
Bldg. 734
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3044

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