Bushick receives NERSC Early-Career Achievement Award

Kyle Bushick (PHD '23) was recognized for developing a novel computational methodology to calculate the Auger-Meitner recombination rates in silicon.
Bushick receives NERSC Early-Career Achievement Award

Dr. Kyle Bushick (PHD '23)

Kyle Bushick (PHD '23), currently a postdoc at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, was recently honored with a NERSC Early Career High-Impact Scientific Achievement Award for developing a novel computational methodology to calculate the Auger-Meitner recombination rates in silicon using predictive atomistic calculations, including the ability to robustly include interactions between electrons and atomic vibrations.

A former member of the Kioupakis group and DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, Bushick’s work focuses on developing and employing first-principles calculations to study quantum processes in semiconductor materials with the aim of improving our understanding of the microscopic mechanisms that govern material properties.

“A-M recombination is the most important intrinsic recombination mechanism in silicon and it’s actually surprising that Kyle’s work is the first to simulate the phonon contributions with modern high performance computing power,” said David L. Young, Group manager of the High Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics Group at the National Renewable Energy Lab. “World-record silicon solar cells are currently limited by A-M recombination, so having a first-principles understanding of the mechanism may allow material scientists and device engineers to design around the limitation.”

About NERSC and the Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 7,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy.