Kevin Wright

|Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Physics

Professor Wright is an experimental physicist who uses ultra-cold atomic gases to study quantum phases of matter, and fermionic superfluids in particular. He holds a B.S. in physics from Brigham Young University (2000), and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester (2009). He received a Research Associate Fellowship from the National Research Council in 2009 for his postoctoral work at the Joint Quantum Institute in Maryland. Professor Wright joined the Dartmouth physics faculty in 2013.

Contact

603-646-2751
245 Wilder
HB 6127

Education

  • B.S. Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D. University of Rochester

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

Persistent currents in rings of ultracold fermionic atoms. Yanping Cai, Daniel G. Allman, Parth Sabharwal, and Kevin Wright - Preprint version on arXiv (Currently in review)

2021 NSF CAREER Award

In 2021 Prof. Wright recieved an NSF CAREER award, providing $750k over 5 years for experimental studies using lithium quantum gases to simulate the behavior of electrons in solid materials, with special focus on how fluctuations, magnetization, and other factors affect resistance to the flow of currents through thin wires made of "quantum materials" like superconductors. The award also supports an integrated educational program aimed at developing more systematic ways of teaching students to "think like a physicist" in advanced lab courses, and improving their critical thinking and quantitiative reasoning skills.