James K Freericks


Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Physics
Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt, L.C.H.S. Chair; Visiting Scientist, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.


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Research interests lie in theoretical and computational condensed matter and atomic physics. Professor Freericks has recently concentrated on transport through nanoscale devices (Josephson junctions, tunnel junctions and thermoelectric coolers and power generators), on nonequilibrium physics corresponding to the motion of electrons in strong electric fields, and on the problem of ultracold atoms moving on an optical lattice, and on quantum simulators made from trapped ions. He currently has funding support from NSF and DOE. He has computer time on DOD machines at ERDC center and on DOE machines at NERSC; he was awarded a challenge grant of 19.5 million CPU hours from the DOD and an award of 3 million hours from the DOE. In 2006, Prof. Freericks was elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society. In 2009, he was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award for the field of Physical Science. In 2010 he became the inaugural holder of the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt, L.C.H.S. Chair in Physics. Recently, his research has increasingly involved undergraduates, with one to two publications each year including undergraduate co-authors; in 2012, a student working with Prof. Freericks was named a finalist in the LeRoy Apker award of the American Physical Society, the highest award for undergraduate research in physics.


  • Ph.D. (1991) University of California, Berkeley,
  • M.A. (1987) University of California, Berkeley,
  • A.B. (1985) Princeton University,