Amanatullah Khan

Mentor: Dr. Yasumasa Takano
College of CLAS
"It is my life goal to make a positive and recognizable impact on the scientific advancement of the human race. After discovering my love for physics and my aptitude in scientific exploration I realized that research would be ideal in order for me to achieve this goal."




Computer Science and Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

Academic Awards

  • Sun Life Rising Star Award (2011)
  • Take Stock in Children Scholarship (2012-present)
  • Hazen E. Nutter Scholar (2014)
  • CLAS Dean's List (2014)


  • Florida Swing Dancing Club
  • Society of Physics Students


  • FSDC Events Committee
  • FSDC Dance Teacher

Hobbies and Interests

  • Swing Dancing
  • Guitar and Singing
  • Weight Lifting
  • DotA 2

Research Description

Low Temperature Specific Heat Measurements of Novel Magnetic Materials
Recently a new family of magnetically novel materials called rare-earth pyrochlores have been drawing much attention due to its interesting quantum mechanical behavior which is sensitive to not only the strength but also the direction of magnetic field applied to it. The sample of interest (Yb2Ti2O7) will be cooled down to below 10K and then be subjected to a high field. While under these conditions the specific heat of the sample will be measured, from which the quantum mechanical properties of the sample can be inferred. By changing the orientation of the field and making these measurements, magnetic phase transitions can be detected. These phase changes will provide further insight on the quantum magnetic behavior of the sample and how the crystal structure of Yb2Ti2O7 affects it.