Jene A. Golovchenko

Department of Physics
Harvard University
Lyman 228, 11 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

tel: (617) 495-3905; fax: (617) 496-5144
email: golovchenko@physics.harvard.edu
Web: http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/golovchenko.html

Research Interests:

Professor Golovchenko's research focuses on revealing and understanding the basic physics involved when various forms of radiation interact with atomic and condensed matter systems. He performs experiments where highly controlled electron, positron, atom, x-ray, ion and laser beams are used to reveal new phenomena connected with the radiation-matters system. Such experiments lead to the development of new probes to study matter and new techniques to modify and transform it into new forms.

More recently Professor Golovchenko has applied these and other methods to the biophysics of polymers like DNA. Students in Professor Golovchenko's group get a broad exposure to the most advanced experimental tools and methods as well as the opportunity to express their experimental and theoretical creativity in problems of importance in pure and applied science. Specific areas of research pursued include Bose condensation by laser cooling, de Broglie atom wave optics of ultra cold atoms, annihilation in flight of MeV positrons as a probe of atomic scale magnetic structure, electronic sequencing of DNA in atomic scale solid state nanopores, X-ray optics in curved space, atomic scale properties of semiconductor surfaces in ultra high vacuum environments using tunneling microscopy, ion channeling and molecular beam epitaxy.

Professor Golovchenko has had a broad research career, working in academia, at Harvard and Aarhus University in Denmark, in industry, at Bell Labs, in national laboratories at Brookhaven and Livermore and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Rowland Institute for Science, an interdisciplinary nonprofit basic research institute in Cambridge. These affiliations have helped his students obtain broad perspectives on research and opportunities for furthering their careers when they graduate from Harvard.

Selected Publications:

S. Garaj, W. Hubbard, A. Reina, J. Kong, D. Branton, and J.A. Golovchenko (2010).  Graphene as a subnanometre trans-electrode membrane. Nature 467, 190-194.

F. Albertorio, M.E. Hughes, J.A. Golovchenko and D. Branton (2009).  Base dependent DNA-carbon nanotube interactions: activation enthalpies and assembly-disassembly control. Nanotechnology  20, 395101.

D.P. Hoogerheide, S. Garaj and J.A. Golovchenko (2009).  Probing surface charge fluctuations with solid-state nanopores. Physical Review Letters 102, 256804.

M. Gershow and J.A.Golovchenko (2007).  Recapturing and trapping single molecules with a solid-state nanopore. Nature Nanotechnology 2, 775-779.

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