**American Journal of Condensed Matter Physics**

American Journal of Condensed Matter physics is a peer reviewed, scientific journal, which publishes papers that contain fundamental condensed matter science.

**p-ISSN:**2163-1115**e-ISSN:**2163-1123**Website:**http://journal.sapub.org/ajcmp

## Orion Ciftja

**Editorial Board Member of**

*American Journal of Condensed Matter Physics*Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Prairie View A&M University, USA

**Research Areas**

Strongly Correlated Electron Systems and The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect;Nanoscale Semiconductor Quantum Dots;Monte Carlo Algorithms For Quantum Many-Body Problems;Nanoscale Molecular Magnetism;Quantum Liquids and Solids.

### Education

1997 | Ph.D | International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS), Trieste, Italy |

1995 | Master Phil | International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS), Trieste, Italy |

1994 | ICTP Degree | International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy |

1991 | Diploma Degree | University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania |

### Experience

2008-present | Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA |

2007-2009 | KITP Scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA |

2000-2002 | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211, USA |

1999-2000 | Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA |

1997-1999 | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA |

1994 | Guest Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste I-34100, Italy |

### Academic Achievement

NSF Award # 08045658 Grant: RUI-Anisotropy in Correlated Electronic Systems in Quantum Hall Regime, September 15, 2008-August 31, 2011 |

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), University of California-Santa Barbara Scholar Award for the period 2007-2009. On the congratulating letter accompanying the Award Certificate [dated December 15, 2006], Dr. David Gross, Director and 2004 No |

Recipient of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Teaching Excellence Award (Fall 2010). |

Recipient of the third Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Teaching Excellence Award (Fall 2009). The only faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the Top 5% Category |

Recipient of the second Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Teaching Excellence Award (Spring 2009). The only faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the Top 5% Category |

Recipient of the first Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Teaching Excellence Award (Fall 2008). The only faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the Top 5% Category. On the congratulating letter accompanying the Award [dated February 25, |

Outstanding Faculty Award for Academic Year 2007-2008, Department of Physics, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas |

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU)-Department of Physics Citation, December 8, 2006 "In recognition of being the most prolific publisher of scientific papers in internationally refereed journals and for his work on the newsletter preview" |

### Membership

Regular Member of the American Physical Society (APS) [http://www.aps.org] since May 1997 |

Member of Anacapa Society (which promotes, supports, trains and assists the careers of researchers in theoretical and computational physics at primarily undergraduate institutions) [http://anacapasociety.org/] since August 2009 |

Sigma Advisor of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Society, Chapter # 308, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas (Zone 13) since 2007 |

Society of Physics Students (SPS) Co-Advisor (with Dr. Fa-chung Wang), SPS Chapter # 5693, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas (Zone 13) since 2007 |

Academy Member of the Texas A&M University System's Academy for Educator Development |

Editorial Board Member for: Applications and Applied Mathematics (AAM) Journal [ISSN 1932-9466] |

Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Nano Education |

Reviewer/Referee for: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review E, Journal of Physics B, Journal of Physics D, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Physics Letters A, Optics Communications, Physica Status Solidi (b), Modern Physics Lett |

Panel Reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF) [various programs] |

Vertical team member for the College Readiness Assignment Design Team for the Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative (since April 2009) |

Book Reviewer (several textbooks) |

Host/Coordinator of campus/department activities and departmental research seminars |

Member of many Departmental, College and University Committees |

Chair of several committees such as Curriculum and Instruction Committee (current), Seminar Committee (current), Recruitment and Outreach Committee (past), etc |

### Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1] | O. Ciftja and I. Hysi, The electrostatic potential of a uniformly charged disk as the source of novel mathematical identities, Appl. Math. Lett. 24, 1919 (2011). |

[2] | O. Ciftja, B. Cornelius, K. Brown, and E. Taylor, Finite-size Monte Carlo results for anisotropic quantum Hall liquids, Phys. Rev. B 83, 193101 (2011). |

[3] | O. Ciftja, Semi-classical model of strongly correlated Coulomb systems in weak magnetic field, Contrib. Plasma Phys. 51, No. 4, 401 (2011). |

[4] | O. Ciftja, Erratum to "Exact results for systems of electrons in the fractional quantum Hall regime II" [Physica B 404, 2244 (2009)], Physica B 406, 2054 (2011). |

[5] | O. Ciftja, Coulomb self-energy of a uniformly charged three-dimensional cube, Physics Letters A, 375, 766 (2011). |

[6] | O. Ciftja, Magnetic properties of small molecular clusters, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 200, 022002 (2010). |

[7] | O. Ciftja, Analytic wave functions for the half-filled lowest Landau level, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 24, 3489 (2010). |

[8] | O. Ciftja, Anisotropy of quantum Hall phases at filling factor 9/2, J. Appl. Phys. 107, 09C504 (2010). |

[9] | O. Ciftja and J. Quintanilla, Effective interaction potentials in the uppermost Landau level, J. Low. Temp. Phys. 159, 189 (2010). |

[10] | O. Ciftja, Coulomb self-energy and electrostatic potential of a uniformly charged square in two dimensions, Physics Letters A, 374 (7), 981 (2010). |

[11] | O. Ciftja, A Jastrow correlation factor for two-dimensional parabolic quantum dots, Modern Physics Letters B, 23 (26), 3055 (2009). |

[12] | O. Ciftja, Exact results for systems of electrons in the fractional quantum Hall regime II, Physica B 404, 2244 (2009). |

[13] | O. Ciftja, A. Babineaux, and N. Hafeez, The electrostatic potential of a uniformly charged ring, Eur. J. Phys. 30, 623 (2009). |

[14] | O. Ciftja, Classical behavior of few-electron parabolic quantum dots, Physica B 404, 2629 (2009). |

[15] | O. Ciftja, Lamellar-like structures in ferrofluids placed in strong magnetic fields, Solid State Communications 149, 532 (2009). |

[16] | O. Ciftja, Exact results for systems of electrons in the fractional quantum Hall regime, Physica B 404, 227 (2009). |

[17] | O. Ciftja, Few-electrons semiconductor quantum dots in magnetic field, Physica Status Solidi (c) 6, 825 (2009). |

[18] | O. Ciftja, The cultivation of scientific ideas in a student-centered environment, The International Journal of Science in Society, 6 (2), 195 (2009). |

[19] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Anisotropy in two-dimensional electronic quantum Hall systems at half filling of valence Landau levels, Physica B 403, 1511 (2008). |

[20] | O. Ciftja, Spin dynamics of an ultra-small nanoscale molecular magnet, Nanoscale Res. Lett. 2:168-174 (2007). |

[21] | O. Ciftja, An experimentally justified confining potential for electrons in two-dimensional semiconductor quantum dots, J Computer-Aided Mater Des 14:37-44 (2007). |

[22] | O. Ciftja, Generalized description of few-electron quantum dots at zero and nonzero magnetic field, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 19, 046220 (2007). |

[23] | O. Ciftja, Solution of the stationary Schrodinger's differential equation for a delta-split harmonic oscillator using the numerical diagonalization technique, Dynamics of Continuous Discrete and Impulsive Systems-Series A-Mathematical Analysis 13: 367-376 Suppl. S, Oct (2006). |

[24] | O. Ciftja, Monte Carlo study of Bose Laughlin wave function for filling factors 1/2, 1/4 and 1/6, Europhys. Lett. 74(3), 486 (2006). |

[25] | C. Wexler and O. Ciftja, Novel liquid crystalline phases in quantum Hall systems, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 20, 747 (2006). [Review Article] |

[26] | O. Ciftja and M. G. Faruk, Two interacting electrons in a one-dimensional quantum dot: Exact numerical diagonalization, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18, 2623 (2006). |

[27] | O. Ciftja and M. G. Faruk, Two-dimensional quantum-dot helium in a magnetic field: Variational theory, Phys. Rev. B 72, 205334 (2005). |

[28] | O. Ciftja, G. S. Japaridze and X. Q. Wang, An anyon wavefunction for the fractional quantum Hall effect, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17, 2977 (2005). |

[29] | O. Ciftja and A. A. Kumar, Ground state of two-dimensional quantum-dot helium in zero magnetic field: perturbation, diagonalization and variational theory, Phys. Rev. B 70, 205326 (2004). |

[30] | O. Ciftja, C. M. Lapilli, and C. Wexler, Liquid crystalline states for two-dimensional electrons in strong magnetic fields, Phys. Rev. B 69, 125320 (2004). |

[31] | O. Ciftja and S. A. Chin, Short-time-evolved wave functions for solving quantum many-body problems, Phys. Rev. B 68, 134510 (2003). |

[32] | A.J. Schmidt, O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Trial state for a two-dimensional hexatic, Phys. Rev. B 67, 155315 (2003). |

[33] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Monte Carlo simulation method for Laughlin-like states in a disk geometry, Phys. Rev. B 67, 075304 (2003). |

[34] | C. Wexler and O. Ciftja, Liquid crystalline states in quantum Hall systems, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14, 3705 (2002). |

[35] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Fermi hypernetted-chain study of half-filled Landau levels with broken rotational symmetry, Phys. Rev. B 65, 205307 (2002). |

[36] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Coulomb energy of quasiparticle excitations in Chern-Simons composite fermion states, Solid State Commun. 122/7-8, 401 (2002). |

[37] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Hypernetted-chain study of broken rotational symmetry states for the ν=1/3 fractional quantum Hall effect and other fractionally filled Landau levels, Phys. Rev. B 65, 045306 (2002). |

[38] | O. Ciftja and C. Wexler, Energy gaps for fractional quantum Hall states described by a Chern-Simons composite fermion wavefunction, Eur. Phys. J. B 23, 437 (2001). |

[39] | O. Ciftja, Siu. A. Chin and F. Pederiva, He4 shadow wave function with an inverse seventh power particle-particle correlation function, J. Low. Temp. Phys.122 (5/6), 605 (2001). |

[40] | O. Ciftja, The irregular tetrahedron of classical and quantum spins subjected to a magnetic field, J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 34, 1611 (2001). |

[41] | O. Ciftja, S. Moroni and S. Fantoni, The coherent-state wave function for solid 3He, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 1041 (2001). |

[42] | O. Ciftja, Theoretical estimates for the correlation energy of the unprojected composite fermion wavefunction, Physica E 9, 226 (2001). |

[43] | O. Ciftja, Spin correlation functions of some frustrated ultra-small classical Heisenberg clusters, Physica A 286, 541 (2000). |

[44] | O. Ciftja, The Fermi-sea-like limit of the composite fermion wave function, Eur. Phys. J. B 13, 671 (2000). |

[45] | O. Ciftja, A simple derivation of the exact wavefunction of a harmonic Oscillator with time-dependent mass and frequency, J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 32, 6385 (1999). |

[46] | O. Ciftja, M. Luban, M. Auslander and J.H. Luscombe, Equation of state and spin-correlation functions of ultra-small classical Heisenberg magnets, Phys. Rev. B 60 (14), 10122 (1999). |

[47] | O. Ciftja, Effective hypernetted-chain study of even-denominator-filling state of the fractional quantum Hall effect, Phys. Rev. B 59 (15), 10194 (1999). |

[48] | O. Ciftja, Exact results for a composite fermion wave function, Phys. Rev. B 59 (12), 8132 (1999). |

[49] | O. Ciftja and S. Fantoni, Fermi hypernetted-chain study of unprojected wave functions to describe the half-filled state of the fractional quantum Hall effect, Phys. Rev. B 58 (12), 7898 (1998). |

[50] | O. Ciftja and S. Fantoni, Application of Fermi hypernetted-chain theory to composite fermion quantum Hall states, Phys. Rev. B 56 (20), 13290 (1997). |

[51] | O. Ciftja, S. Fantoni, J.W. Kim and M.L. Ristig, Application of the Fermi hypernetted-chain theory and the effective correlation factor method for Laughlin quantum Hall states, J. Low. Temp. Phys. 108, 357 (1997). |

[52] | O. Ciftja, S. Fantoni and K. Gernoth, Hypernetted-chain treatment and the extended shadow wave functions for the fractional quantum Hall hierarchical states, Phys. Rev. B 55 (20), 13739 (1997). |

[53] | O. Ciftja and S. Fantoni, A new hypernetted-chain treatment for Laughlin quantum Hall states, Europhys. Lett. 36 (9), 663 (1996). |

[54] | R. Mejdani, A. Gashi, O. Ciftja and A. Lambros, Ladder Ising spin configurations. Magnetic properties, Physica Status Solidi (b) 197, 153 (1996). |