David Bishop

David Bishop

Professor (ECE, Physics, ME, MSE)
Office: PHO, Room 609. 617-990-4037


Research Interests:

Low temperature physics and mechanical properties of materials at low temperatures

My interests lie in nanotechnology, low temperature physics, mechanical properties of materials at low temperatures, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) and NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems), MEMS in lightwave networks, all-optical switching, superconductivity and superfluidity, magnetic vortices in superconductors and their phase transitions, the Casimir effect and Casimir oscillators, energy efficient networking, electron coherence effects in metallic nanostructures at low temperatures, and cybersecurity and protecting critical infrastructure.

Selected Publications:

“Quantum mechanical actuation of microelectromechanical systems by the Casimir force” HB Chan, VA Aksyuk, RN Kleiman, DJ Bishop, F Capasso Science 291 (5510), 1941-1944

“Study of the Superfluid Transition in Two-Dimensional He 4 Films” DJ Bishop, JD Reppy Physical Review Letters 40 (26), 1727

“Evidence from Mechanical Measurements for Flux-Lattice Melting in Single-Crystal Y Ba 2 Cu 3 O 7 and Bi 2.2 Sr 2 Ca 0.8 Cu 2 O 8” PL Gammel, LF Schneemeyer, JV Wasczak, DJ Bishop Physical review letters 61 (14), 1666

“Tuning the resonance frequencies and mode shapes in a large range multi-degree of freedom micromirror” J Morrison, M Imboden, DJ Bishop Optics Express 25 (7), 7895-7906


  • PhD, Cornell University


  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Bell Labs Fellow, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
  • Nanotech Briefs’ Nano50 Innovator Award (2006)
  • American Physical Society’s George E. Pake Prize (2009)

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Research Descriptions:

Condensed Matter Experiment including nanotechnology, MEMS and magnetic vortices