Moses H. W. Chan

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Moses Hung-Wai Chan
Moses Hung-Wai Chan
Born (1946-11-23) November 23, 1946 (age 70)
Xi-an, China
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Condensed matter physics, Low temperature physics
Institutions Penn State University
Alma mater Bridgewater College(BSC),
Cornell University(Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor John Reppy
Known for Research in Low temperature physics, on solid 4He.
Notable awards Fritz London Memorial Prize(1996)

Moses Hung-Wai Chan (陳鴻渭) is a physics professor at Penn State University, where he holds the rank of Evan Pugh Professor. He is an alumnus of Bridgewater College and Cornell University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1974 and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. He has been a professor at Penn State's University Park Campus since 1979.

Through the years, professor Chan's work has spanned many diverse topics.[1] For his numerous contributions to low temperature physics, in 1996 he shared the prestigious Fritz London Memorial prize with Carl Wieman and Eric A. Cornell.[2] He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2000, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.[3]

Professor Chan is known for the experimental discovery of evidence for a new supersolid quantum state of matter,[4][5] predicted theoretically in 1969 by Alexander Andreev and Ilya Liftshitz, and its subsequent refutation.[6] Other significant discoveries include the experimental observation of Critical Casimir effect[7] and the experimental confirmation of 2D Ising model.[8]


  1. ^ Complete list of publications.
  2. ^ Fritz London Memorial Prize
  3. ^ List of active members by class, October 24, 2014
  4. ^ E. Kim and M. H. W. Chan (2004). "Probable Observation of a Supersolid Helium Phase". Nature. 427 (6971): 225–227. Bibcode:2004Natur.427..225K. PMID 14724632. doi:10.1038/nature02220. 
  5. ^ Nature story on a supersolid experiment
  6. ^ D. Y. Kim and M. H. W. Chan (2012). "Absence of Supersolidity in Solid Helium in Porous Vycor Glass". Physical Review Letters. 109 (15): 155301. Bibcode:2012PhRvL.109o5301K. PMID 23102323. arXiv:1207.7050Freely accessible. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.109.155301. 
  7. ^ R. Garcia and M. H. W. Chan (1999). "Critical Fluctuation-Induced Thinning of 4He Films near the Superfluid Transition". Physical Review Letters. 83: 1187–1190. Bibcode:1999PhRvL..83.1187G. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1187. 
  8. ^ H. K. Kim and M. H. W. Chan (1984). "An Experimental Determination of a Two-Dmensional Liquid-Vapor Critical Point Exponent". Physical Review Letters. 53: 170–173. Bibcode:1984PhRvL..53..170K. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.53.170. 

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