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Jak Chakhalian

The main goal of Jak's research is to apply the atomic-scale control technique to metal oxides to create novel artificial materials for new devices functioning optically, electronically, and magnetically in a way that either do not exist in the nature. His group at Arkansas focuses on the class of materials known as metal oxides with strong emphasis on transition metal oxides (TMO). By its very nature oxides are the most unusual materials due to enormous range of unique and outstanding properties they possess. The main property which distinguishes TMO is their colossal response to external stimuli like electric field, magnetic field, light or heat. This makes this class of materials unique and dramatically different from semiconductors, normal metals and organic substances.

Jak was with us for his sabbatical in 2013 and is now a Professor at Rutgers.