Pappalardo Fellows

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2012-2015

Hugh Churchill

Name: Hugh Churchill

Title(s): Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2012-2015


Phone: (617) 253-4863


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 13-2037
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests

Hugh Churchill is interested in the fabrication and measurement of nanoscale electronic devices and materials that manifest quantum properties. During his Ph.D., he developed devices in which electron spins function as bits for quantum information processing and explored the interplay between superconductivity and semiconductor spin physics.  His current research focuses on quantum transport and optoelectronics in atomically layered materials, such as the transition metal dichalcogenides MoS2 and WSe2.

Biographical Sketch

Hugh Churchill completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University with Prof. Charles Marcus in 2012. He worked to develop carbon nanotube and Ge/Si nanowire quantum dot devices for use as quantum bits, with an emphasis on schemes for charge detection in those systems. He received undergraduate degrees in physics, mathematics, and tuba performance in 2006 from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he studied hydrogen trapped in solid C60 with Prof. Stephen FitzGerald. Hugh is originally from Conway, Arkansas.

Selected Publications

  • Britton W. H. Baugher, Hugh O. H. Churchill, Yafang Yang, and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, “Optoelectronic devices based on electrically tunable p-n diodes in a monolayer dichalcogenide,” arXiv:1310.0452, Nature Nanotechnology, in press (2014).
  • H. O. H. Churchill, V. Fatemi, K. Grove-Rasmussen, M. T. Deng, P. Caroffe, H. Q. Xu, and C. M. Marcus, “Superconductor-nanowire devices from tunneling to the multichannel regime:  Zero-bias oscillations and magnetoconductance crossover,” Physical Review B 87, 241401(R) (2013).
  • H. O. H. Churchill, A. J. Bestwick, J. W. Harlow, F. Kuemmeth, D. Marcos, C. H. Stwertka, S. K. Watson, C. M. Marcus, “Electron-nuclear interaction in 13C nanotube double quantum dots,” Nature Physics 5, 321 (2009).

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