Kirill Shtengel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1999 for his work in statistical mechanics. Following postdoctoral appointments at UC Irvine, Microsoft Research, and Caltech, in 2005 he joined UC Riverside as a faculty member. His current research interests include topological phases of matter and their potential applications for quantum information processing.
The potential discovery of anyons in a fractional quantum Hall device tests the limits of what is known about particles confined to two dimensions.