Sara Haravifard

William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics

Experimental Condensed Matter / Quantum Materials

Appointments and Affiliations

  • William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 099 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 613 6821
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  • B.S. McMaster University (Canada), 2003
  • M.S. McMaster University (Canada), 2005
  • Ph.D. McMaster University (Canada), 2010

Research Interests

Exploring novel collective phenomena in quantum materials by means of neutron and x-ray scattering techniques; Investigating quantum critical phenomena at extreme environmental conditions of ultra-low temperature, high magnetic field, and high pressure; Materials by Design: synthesis, single crystal growth and characterization of correlated electron systems, quantum magnets, topological systems, metal-organic frameworks, and high-temperature superconductors.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. ORAU. 2017

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 670: Experimental Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
  • PHYSICS 516: Quantum Materials: Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 362D: Electricity and Magnetism
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Steinhardt, William M., Zhenzhong Shi, Anjana Samarakoon, Sachith Dissanayake, David Graf, Yaohua Liu, Wei Zhu, Casey Marjerrison, Cristian D. Batista, and Sara Haravifard. “Constraining the Parameter Space of a Quantum Spin Liquid Candidate in Applied Field with Iterative Optimization.” Phys. Rev. Research 3 (February 20, 2019): 033050.