Peter Taborek

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Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences
PH.D., California Institute of Technology, 1980
B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1974
Phone: (949) 824-2254
Fax: (949) 824-2174
University of California, Irvine
210B Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Phase transitions and kinetics of quantum fluids and solids at low temperature; materials science of thin films, particularly diamond and amorphous carbon
Research Abstract
Professor Taborek is an experimental condensed matter physicist. His laboratory conducts experiments on a wide variety of systems ranging from phase transitions in quantum fluids to cilia generated flows around Xenopus frog embryos. He is also a Mathematica enthusiast and has authored an e-book on mathematical methods with Mathematica that is used in several UCI courses. Current lab projects include:

Ellipsometric and work function studies of alkali metal surfaces to probe the interaction between superfluidity and first order liquid-vapor coexistence in adsorbed helium films.

Using high speed video microscopy to study pinch-off and coalescence in Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids and bubbles.

Development of novel AFM probes coupled to an optical fiber interferometer to study thermodynamic Casimir forces in superfluids and near field radiative transport in superconductors.

Development of techniques to measure flow through single nanotubes and nanopores.

High pressure studies of the kinetics of CO2 clathrate formation . This part of a collaboration with Prof. Dunn-Rankin funded by the Keck Foundation to explore clathrate combustion and carbon sequestration using clathrates.
Available Technologies
Pressure-driven flow through a single nanopore, A.E. Velasco, S.G. Friedman, M. Pevarnick,Z.S. Siwy and P. Taborek,Phys. Rev E86,025302 (2012)
Pinch-off dynamics in foams, emulsions and suspensions,F.M. Huisman, S.R. Friedman, and P. Taborek, Soft Matter 8, 6767 (2012)
Bifurcation from Bubble to Droplet Behavior in Inviscid Pinch-off, J. C. Burton and P. Taborek, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 214502 (2008)
Ellipsometry of Liquid Helium Films on Gold, Cesium and Graphite, T. McMillan, J.E. Rutledge, and P. Taborek, Journal of Low Temperature Physics 138, 995 (2005)
Fluid Pinch-off Dynamics at Nanometer Length Scales, J.C. Burton, P. Taborek, and J.E. Rutledge, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 244505 (2004)
Amorphous Carbon Films Deposited from Carbon Ions Extracted from a Discharge in Fullerene Vapor, E.B. Maiken and P. Taborek, Journal of Applied Physics 87, 4223 (2000)
Superfluid Droplets on a Solid Surface, D. Ross, J.E. Rutledge, and P.Taborek, Science 278, 664 (1997)
Research supported by NSF, AFOSR and the Keck Foundation
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