Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Renormalization-Group Theory of Superfluidity and Phase Separation of Helium Mixtures Immersed in Aerogel."Background:
Miss Lopatnikova received her BS from MIT in 1997. Her senior thesis on superfluids in aeogels explained several new experimental features, such as a phase separation between two superfluid phases, a critical point imbedded within superfluidity, and the occurrences of a superfluid phase with very low 4He concentrations. This resulted in the publication of one paper in Physical Review B, as well as a follow-up paper recently submitted. She has been awarded fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and Bell Laboratories to pursue graduate studies in physics at Harvard University.