Pappalardo Fellows

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2010-2013

KAREN MICHAELI, Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2010-13

Name: Karen Michaeli

Title(s):Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2010-2013


Phone: 617.253.7790


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 4-345d
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

Hard Condensed Matter Theory

Research Interests

Karen Michaeli's research interests lie in the field of interacting electron systems, with a focus on quantum transport phenomena in interacting systems; localization-delocalization effects and quantum dissipation; thermoelectric phenomena close to quantum critical points; vortex dynamics; new electronic phases at oxide interface structures; unconventional superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling. She also plans to study phase transitions in correlated electron systems such as the many-body localization and the superconductor-insulator transitions.

Biographical Sketch

Karen Michaeli completed her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in the summer of  2010. While there, she worked with Prof. Alexander Finkel’stein on thermal and thermoelectric transport phenomena in the presence of electron-electron interaction and disorder. As a part of her Ph.D. thesis, Michaeli developed a new theoretical apparatus for analyzing thermal and thermoelectric transport using the quantum kinetic equation. She used this approach to show that the strong Nernst effect observed recently in amorphous superconducting films above the critical temperature (as well as for magnetic fields considerably exceeding Hc2) is caused by the fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter.

Michaeli earned her M.Sc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2006 on the study of the suppression of the tunneling rate of superconducting vortices caused by magnetic coupling to a remote metallic gate.

Selected Publications

  • N. P. Breznay, K. Michaeli, K. S. Tikhonov, A. M. Finkel'stein, M. Tendulkar, A. Kapitulnik, "Hall conductivity dominated by fluctuations near the superconducting transition in disordered films", Phys. Rev. B. 86, 014514 (2012).
  • K. Michaeli, A.C. Potter, and P.A. Lee, "Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in oxide interface structures: possibility of finite momentum pairing" Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 117003 (2012).
  • K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, "Quantum kinetic approach to the calculation of the Nernst effect", Phys. Rev. B 80, 214516 (2009).
  • K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, "Quantum kinetic approach for studying thermal transport in the presence of electron-electron interactions and disorder", Phys. Rev. B 80, 115111 (2009).
  • K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, "Fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter as an origin of the Nernst e_ect", Europhys. Lett. 86, 27007 (2009).
  • K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, "Suppression of Tunneling of Superconducting Vortices Caused by a Remote Gate: Example of an Extended Object Tunneling", Phys. Rev. B 76, 064506 (2007).
  • K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, "Metal-Insulator Transition in a System of Superconducting Vortices Caused by a Metallic Gate", Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 117004 (2006).