CCNY’s Sriram Ganeshan wins NSF Career Award for quantum hydrodynamics research

Physicist Sriram Ganeshan of The City College of New York’s Division of Science is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. It provides more than $500,000 for his research project: “Quantum Hydrodynamics: From Electron Fluids to Chiral Active Matter,” which could help develop new technologies based on the collective behavior of quantum systems.

Ganeshan and his research team will focus on developing “quantum modifications” to the classical hydrodynamics that capture the unique properties of the macroscopic quantum state. His effort in this direction will build towards a long-term goal to develop a general semiclassical theory of certain quantum fluids. “The success of this long-term objective will hopefully uncover hitherto untapped mesoscale phenomena that can be used towards developing the technology of a new generation of quantum devices,” said Ganeshan, an assistant professor.

An important component of the project is to disseminate the research effort via three channels of education and training:

  • A special topics course on fluid dynamics applied to condensed matter systems aimed at graduate students and senior undergraduates;
  • Research opportunities for undergraduates and high school students; and
  • Interactive demonstrations-based lectures for high school students on basic fluid dynamics principles that underpin the research effort. 

Ganeshan said this component will seek to remedy the resource scarcity for setting up demonstrations in many of the schools under the ambit of the College-Now program at City College. 

Ganeshan is the second CCNY researcher to earn an NSF CAREER Award in the year 2020 after mechanical engineer Hao Su.
About the NSF CAREER Program
NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity. It offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership integrating education and research.

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