Stephen L. Teitel

Professor of Physics, Associate Chair of the Department
PhD in Physics, Cornell University, 1981

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(585) 275-4039
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Professor Teitel received his BS in engineering physics (1975) and his PhD in physics (1981), both from Cornell University. After postdoctoral positions at the Ohio State University (1981-83) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (1983-86), he joined the University as Assistant Professor of Physics in 1986. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and to Professor in 1999. Professor Teitel was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000. He received the department's award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000, and a University Bridging Fellowship in 2003.

Research Overview

Professor Teitel's research interests are in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, particularly in the area of statistical mechanics and critical phenomena. A main focus of work has been on the phenomenological behavior of vortex fluctuations in superconducting systems, such as the new high temperature superconductors and two dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions. The nature of ordered phases and and phase transitions are investigated for equilibrium and driven non-equilibrium steady states, in the presence of quenched random disorder. Another recent topic of investigation has been to understand the structural stability and shape transformations of nanometer sized gold clusters. Investigations are carried out primarily through the use of large scale numerical "Monte Carlo" simulations. Professor Teitel has also worked on problems relating to relaxation in glassy systems, the equilibrium shape of crystals, and superfluidity.

Selected Publications

  • Vortex Line Ordering in the Driven Three-Dimensional Vortex Glass
    Ajay Kumar Ghosh, Peter Olsson and S. Teitel
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 267002 (2006)
  • Surface Driven Bulk Reorganization of Gold Nanorods
    Yanting Wang, S. Teitel and Christoph Dellago
    Nano. Lett. 5, 2174 (2005)
  • Continuous Time Monte Carlo and Spatial Ordering in Driven Lattice Gasses: Application to Driven Vortices in Superconducting Networks
    Violeta Gotcheva, Yanting Wang, Albert T. J. Wang and S. Teitel
    Phys. Rev. B 72, 064505 (2005)
  • Disorder Driven Melting of the Vortex Line Lattice
    P. Olsson and S. Teitel
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 137001 (2001)
  • Critical Behavior of the Meissner Transition in the Lattice London Superconductor
    P. Olsson and S. Teitel
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1964 (1998)