ESP Biography

CAOLAN JOHN, MIT Graduate Student in Physics

Major: Physics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Born with the eternal curse of two first names, Caolan is a researcher studying how electrons talk to each other in strongly correlated materials. Outside of the lab, he spends his time searching for the best burrito in Boston.

Past Classes

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S14106: Great and Small: Crazy Electrons in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
Electrons are everywhere. They are one of the fundamental building blocks of nature, responsible for holding together most of the world around us. At the same time, we have learned to make tremendous use of them in modern electronics where they power our computers and charge our phones. Electrons are also funny characters. On their own, these particles can’t stand being near each other and possess “fundamental” traits like charge and mass. However, when nature allows them to dance with each other in some materials, they can do wonderful things like conduct electricity perfectly, seemingly split into smaller pieces, and even behave like light itself. Together we’ll explore how these little guys operating at the small scale are able to do such great feats at the large one. This course is designed to be an accessible and exciting introduction to the crazy world of electrons. On our journey we will uncover the wonders of superconductivity, explore how transistors work, examine the remarkable properties of graphene, and so much more. Bring your curiosity and we’ll provide the rest!