Charles Tschirhart

Hertz Fellow: Charles Tschirhart

California Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Fellowship Years

2015 - present

Charles Tschirhart will spend the 2015-2016 academic year on a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Nottingham in the UK, where he will study high precision AFM and atomic manipulation techniques. In the fall of 2016, he will attend UC Santa Barbara as a Hertz Fellow, and major in experimental condensed matter physics. Charles"s interests include nanotechnology and fluid dynamics. As an undergrad at Caltech, he has done work applying fabrication techniques from the microelectronics industry to problems in biological sensing, which resulted in a patent application (currently pending). More recently he has been working on an experiment designed to investigate how the equations of hydrodynamics break down at extremely small scales. Such experiments can be used to produce models which allow scientists and engineers to understand and predict how liquids flow at the nanoscale, which has applications for problems in many fields.