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James K Freericks


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.


Department of Physics
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Research interests lie in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. Professor Freericks has recently concentrated on transport through nanoscale devices (Josephson junctions, tunnel junctions and thermoelectric coolers and power generators), on the inelastic scattering of light with electrons in correlated materials, 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. He currently has funding support from NSF, DARPA, AFOSR and DOE. He has computer time on DOD machines at ERDC, ARSC and ASC centers 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 1 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.


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