Dr. Orion CIFTJA  
Title: Professor Phone: 1(936)2613137 Fax: 1(936)2613149 Email: ogciftja at pvamu.edu Office Hours: 
Brief Resume
Education:
 Ph.D, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS), Trieste, Italy (1997)
 M.S, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS), Trieste, Italy (1995)
 Diploma, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (1994)
Dr. Ciftja awarded NSF research grant:
This award supports theoretical research and education with an aim to understand new states of matter exhibited by electrons in high magnetic fields and confined to a plane. New electronic states of matter are interesting from the perspective of fundamental science, but are also potential building blocks of future technologies for electronic devices, sensors, computation, and more. Undergraduate students will be able to participate in valuable research experience. To learn more please visit
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0804568
Dr. Ciftja receives national award:
Read about Dr. Ciftja named a KITP SCHOLAR for the period 20072009. Here is the Roster of KITP SCHOLARS since 1998. Here are Pictures of KITP SCHOLARS since 1998. Here is a description of KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara (from Wikipedia).
Lab Manuals:
PHYS 2111General Physics Lab Manual
PHYS 2511P81University Physics I Lab Manual
Teaching Schedule, Spring 2015
Section

Days

Room

Time

PHYS 2113P01General Physics I

MWF 
NSCI301

11:0011:50

PHYS 2113P02General Physics I

MWF 
NSCI101

9:009:50

PHYS 2513P02University Physics I

MWF 
NSCI307

10:0010:50

PHYS 2523P03University Physics II  MW  NSCI307  1:001:50 
Teaching Schedule, Fall 2012
Section

Days

Room

Time

M 
NSCI307

2:004:50


MWF 
NSCI301

9:009:50


W 
NSCI307

2:004:50


PHYS 2511P84University Physics Lab I  W  NSCI307  5:007:50 
PHYS 2513P02University Physics I  MWF  NSCI103  10:0010:50 
PHYS 2513P04University Physics I  MWF  NSCI303  1:001:50 
Teaching Schedule, Spring 2012
Section

Days

Room

Time

W 
NSCI307

2:004:50


M 
NSCI307

2:004:50


MWF 
NSCI104

9:009:50


PHYS 2523P04University Physics II  MWF  NSCI104  12:0012:50 
PHYS 4023P01Intro Quan Mech I  T  NSCI104  5:007:50 
Research:
 Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems
 Fractional Quantum Hall Effect (FQHE)
 Semiconductor quantum dots
 Quantum liquids and solids
 Monte Carlo simulation methods
 Molecular Magnetism
These topics belong to the domain of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and are closely related to nanotechnology, semiconductors, nanodevices, etc.
This poster (.ppt) was presented at the 2nd Annual TAMUS “Pathways Research Symposium”, held in Corpus Christi, TX on October 1516, 2004.
This poster was presented at the Gordon Research Conference on “Correlated Electron Systems” held in Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA on June 2025, 2004.
Some of my recent papers ( *.pdf ) that indicate my current interests:
 Generalized description of fewelectron quantum dots at zero and nonzero magnetic fields
 Monte Carlo study of Bose Laughlin wave function for filling factors 1/2, 1/4 and 1/6
 Novel liquid crystalline phases in quantum Hall systems [Review Article]
 Two interacting electrons in a onedimensional parabolic quantum dot: exact numerical diagonalization
 Twodimensional quantumdot helium in a magnetic field: Variational theory
 An anyon wavefunction for the fractional quantum Hall effect
 Ground state of twodimensional quantumdot helium in zero magnetic field: Perturbation, diagonalization, and variational theory
 Liquid crystalline states for twodimensional electrons in strong magnetic fields
 Shorttimeevolved wave functions for solving quantum manybody problems
 Trial state for a twodimensional hexatic
 Monte Carlo simulation method for Laughlinlike states in a disk geometry
 Liquid crystalline states in quantum Hall systems
 Fermi hypernettedchain study of halffilled Landau levels with broken rotational symmetry
 Coulomb energy of quasiparticle excitations in ChernSimons composite fermion states
 Hypernettedchain study of broken rotational symmetry states for the nu=1/3 fractional quantum Hall effect and other fractionally filled Landau levels
Some of my older papers ( *.pdf):
 Equation of state and spincorrelation functions of ultrasmall classical Heisenberg magnets
 Effective hypernettedchain study of evendenominatorfilling state of the fractional quantum Hall effect
 Exact results for a compositefermion wave function
 Fermihypernettedchain study of unprojected wave functions to describe the halffilled state of the fractional quantum Hall effect
 Application of Fermihypernettedchain theory to compositefermion quantum Hall states
 Hypernettedchain treatment and extended shadow wave functions for fractional quantum Hall hierarchical states
Ethical behavior in science, read about Schoen‘s case
 Read about Ernst [Ernest] Ising (19001998)
 Read about Ernst Ising and the Ising model
 Read an article about Ernst Ising from the Brazilian Journal of Physics
National Nanotechnology Initiative
This is a nice paper ( . pdf ) in Nanotechnology
Quantum dots from TUDELFT
The Texas Electronic Coalition for Physics (TECP)
If you think that Physics is not “cool” read Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics
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