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Despo A. Louca

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
317 JBL
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., 1997, Pennsylvania
Emergent Phenomena in Novel Materials and Functionality Control
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
June 15, 2011 – June 14, 2022
AS-PHYS Disorder and Superconductivity: The Relation of Crystal Structure and Magnetism to Superconductivity
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
August 15, 2014 – July 31, 2017
MIRT: Exploring Unusual Properties of Transition Metal Oxides
Source: The University of Texas at Austin
September 15, 2011 – August 31, 2014
PHYS 3110: Widely Applied Physics
Credits: 3
Applications of physical principles to a diverse set of phenomena: order of magnitude estimates, dimensional analysis, material science and engineering, astrophysics, aeronautics and space flight, communications technology, meteorology, sound & acoustics and fluid dynamics. Not all topics will be covered in every course. Three lecture hours. (Y) Prerequisite: PHYS 2620 or instructor permission.
PHYS 3180: Intermediate Laboratory II
Credits: 3
Approximately three to five experiments, selected in consultation with the instructor, emphasizing modern aspects. Outside library research and report preparation are required. Six laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 2640 or PHYS 2419. PHYS 3170 is an independent course, and not a prerequisite.
PHYS 3310: Statistical Physics
Credits: 3
Includes temperature and the laws of thermodynamics; introductory treatments of kinetic theory and statistical mechanics; and applications of Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac distributions. Prerequisite: MATH 3255 (preferred) or MATH 3250, and PHYS 2620, or instructor permission.
PHYS 3620: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
Credits: 3
The course will examine basic principles of simple theories for metals, the basics of crystallography and crystal structures, the reciprocal space, lattice vibrations, elastic properties of solids, electronic band structure, impurities and defects, dielectric properties, magnetism and superconductivity. Prerequisite: PHYS 2620.
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 8999: Master Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
APS Fellow [2014]For demonstration of the importance of the local atomic structure for elucidating the physical properties of complex oxides including the transition metal oxides through neutron scattering using the pair-density-function analysis.