Matthew C. Sullivan

Matthew C. Sullivan

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Faculty, Graduate Study in Education

Specialty:Condensed Matter / Low Temperature Physics
Phone:(607) 274-3964
Office:262 Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

I teach all branches of Physics to students from grade 5 through the senior level at Ithaca College.  My hope is to increase students' understanding of Physics but also to increase their critical and analytical thinking skills while fostering a love of Physics and a sense of wonder about the natural world.

My research is in low temperature Physics.  In particular, I study superconductivity.  The phenomenon of superconductivity is so unusual and counter-intuitive that it never ceases to amaze me.  See our pictures for examples of its interesting effects or the movies we've made about superconducting MagLev trains.

I also go to local schools with an outreach program called "Temperature and Heat" to discuss the effects of high and low temperatures on different materials, and the how energy flows from hot to cold objects.


Television Appearances

My lab has been fortunate enough to be featured on a couple of television shows and interviewed for the radio.

On Nov. 9 2011, our outreach demonstrations were featured on The Colbert Report!   You can check out the segment here.

In May 2013, we were featured on the Travel Channel in a program about roller coasters of the future.  Will they levitate above and suspend beneath the track?  Find out here.

We were also interviewed on local radio WHCU about superconductivity.  You can hear the interview here.

Recent Updates!

We were featured on a segment about levitation for the media outlet  Check out their video.

Back to the Future Day!

Will we have hovercars and hoverboards?  Check out our answer, see the DeLorean, and watch Marty McFly on his hoverboard.