Orion Ciftja

Orion Ciftja  Dr. Orion CIFTJA 
Title: Professor
Phone: 1-(936)-261-3137
Fax: 1-(936)-261-3149
Email: ogciftja at pvamu.edu
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Brief Resume


  • 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

Dr. Ciftja receives national award:

Read about Dr. Ciftja named a KITP SCHOLAR for the period 2007-2009. 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 2111-General Physics Lab Manual
PHYS 2511-P81-University Physics I Lab Manual

 Teaching Schedule, Spring 2015

PHYS 2113-P02-General Physics I
PHYS 2513-P02-University Physics I
PHYS 2523-P03-University Physics II MW NSCI-307 1:00-1:50


  • 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 2-nd Annual TAMUS “Pathways Research Symposium”, held in Corpus Christi, TX on October 15-16, 2004.

This poster was presented at the Gordon Research Conference on “Correlated Electron Systems” held in Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA on June 20-25, 2004.

Some of my recent papers ( *.pdf ) that indicate my current interests:

Some of my older papers ( *.pdf):

Ethical behavior in science, read about Schoen‘s case

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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