Manfra to present 2021 Arden L. Bement Jr. Lecture on fractionalization of charge and statistics in two dimensions

Michael Manfra, the Bill and Dee O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and professor of materials engineering and of electrical and computer engineering, will give the 2021 Arden L. Bement Jr. Distinguished Lecture at 3 p.m. ET Friday (Nov. 12). The lecture will be livestreamed.

In his lecture, Manfra will discuss experiments conducted at Purdue that reveal how anyons, particles with fractional charge and fractional statistics, may be observed in simple electrical conduction measurements.

Manfra, a leading condensed matter experimentalist, also serves as the scientific director of Microsoft Quantum Lab West Lafayette and is an important contributor to Quantum Science Center, the Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Center that was funded in 2020 with $115 million over a five-year window (2020 to 2025).

The Arden L. Bement Jr. Distinguished Lecture Award is the most prestigious accolade given by the University in pure and applied science and engineering. Learn more about the 2021 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award and other distinguished annual awards for research.

Michael Manfra (Purdue University photo)
Michael Manfra (Purdue University photo)