Steven Girvin

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Steven M. Girvin
Born (1950-04-05) April 5, 1950 (age 67)[1]
Austin, Texas
Alma mater Bates College
Princeton University
Known for Strongly correlated electron states in low dimensional systems.
Awards Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (2007)
Scientific career
Fields Condensed matter theory
Institutions Yale University

Steven M. Girvin is an American physicist, who is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and deputy provost for science and technology at Yale University.[2] Girvin is noted for his theoretical work on quantum many body systems, such as the fractional quantum Hall effect.


Girvin was born in Austin, Texas in 1950 and went to high school in the village of Brant Lake, New York.[2] He did his undergraduate education at Bates College and the University of Maine. He completed his PhD in physics at the Princeton University in 1977. Girvin worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Indiana University, Bloomington and the National Bureau of Standards and held faculty position at Indiana University, before joining Yale as a Professor of Physics.[1] Girvin was awarded a bronze medal for superior federal service by the Department of Commerce while serving as a physicist at the Bureau of Standards.[2]

Girvin's research focus has been theoretical study of collective quantum behavior in strongly correlated many body systems and their phase transitions,;[3] he has worked on problems such as quantum Hall effect, superconductor-insulator transition, quantum spin chains and so on. He works with experimentalists Rob Schoelkopf and Michel Devoret on the engineering problem of building a quantum computer,[2] and on developing a new "circuit QED" using superconducting electrical circuits.[4] The group was successful in experimentally implementing two-qubit quantum algorithms on a superconducting circuit.[5][6] Girvin co-edited the book "The Quantum Hall Effect", which has been translated to Japanese, Chinese and Russian.[2]

Girvin, James P. Eisenstein and Allan H. MacDonald won the 2007 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize for their "Fundamental experimental and theoretical research on correlated many-electron states in low dimensional systems"[4]



  1. ^ a b "Array of contemporary American Physicists". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Emanuel, Janet (May 1, 2006). "Yale Physicist Steven Girvin Named National Academy of Sciences Fellow". Yale office of public affairs and communication. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Emanuel, Janet (November 14, 2006). "Yale's Girvin Honored for His Work on Quantum States of Matter". Yale office of public affairs and communication. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "2007 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Steven Girvin | Chair-Elect, Nominating Committee". American Physical Society. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  6. ^ DiCarlo, L.; et al. (July 2009). "Demonstration of two-qubit algorithms with a superconducting quantum processor". Nature. 460 (7252): 240–244. arXiv:0903.2030Freely accessible. Bibcode:2009Natur.460..240D. doi:10.1038/nature08121. PMID 19561592. Retrieved 24 October 2010.  arXiv

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