Melih Okan joined Ropes & Gray LLP in 2018 as a technical advisor in the corporate department.
Prior to joining the firm, Melih received his Ph.D. in physics from MIT. In his dissertation work, he constructed one of the first quantum gas microscopes with his team for fermionic atoms in ultracold temperatures. These microscopes can optically resolve single atoms and they are natural simulation tools for strongly correlated materials, such as high temperature superconductors. As part of this research, he built frequency-stabilized laser systems, RF electronics circuits and ultra-high vacuum systems. His research portfolio also includes terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, microfluidics, and plasmonics.
- Co-author, “Spin Transport in a Mott Insulator of Ultracold Fermions,” arXiv:1802.10018 (February 2018)
- Co-author, “Observation of spatial charge and spin correlations in the 2D Fermi-Hubbard model,” Science (September 2016)
- Co-author, “Observation of 2D Fermionic Mott Insulators of K 40 with Single-Site Resolution,” Physical Review Letters (March 2016)
- Co-author, “Quantum-gas microscope for fermionic atoms,” Physical Review Letters (May 2015)
- Okan et al., “A microfluidic based differential plasmon resonance sensor,” Sensors and Actuators b: Chemical (December 2011)
- Presenter, “Quantum Gas Microscope for Fermionic 40K,” APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Meeting (June 2017)
- PhD (Physics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018
- BS (Physics), magna cum laude, Bilkent University, 2011