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Ana Celia Mota

Ana Celia Mota (born 1935) is a retired Argentine-American condensed matter physicist specializing in phenomena at ultracold temperatures, including superfluids and superconductors. She is a professor emerita at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.[1]

Education and career
Mota was born in 1935 in Argentina, and is a US citizen.[2] She studied physics at the Balseiro Institute in Argentina, where she earned a licenciate in 1960,[3] and became a doctoral student of John C. Wheatley.[1][4] Her research with him concerned the heat capacity of liquid Helium-3.[5]

After earning her doctorate in 1967,[3] she worked for eight years in the Department of Physics and Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and then for five more years at the University of Cologne, before joining ETH Zurich in 1980. At ETH Zurich, she was Senior Researcher in the Laboratory of Solid State Physics, professor, and director of a research group on low-temperature physics.[1]

Mota was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 1994, after a nomination from the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics, “for work on superfluidity and superconductivity at ultra-low temperatures”.[6]


  1. Jump up to:a b c Prof. em. Dr. Ana Celia Mota, ETH Zürich Department of Physics, retrieved 2022-10-14
  2. ^ Biographisches Dossier Ana Celia Mota (1935-) amerikanische Staatsbürgerin; * Argentinien; wissenschaftliche Adjunktin und Titular-Professorin für Festkörperphysik an der ETH, ETH Zurich library, retrieved 2022-10-14
  3. Jump up to:a b de la Cruz, Francisco (2013), “Visión personal de una historia compartida: Investigación a bajas temperaturas en Bariloche” (PDF), Ciencia e Investigación Reseñas, vol. 1, no. 1, Asociación Argentina para el Progreso de las Ciencias, pp. 41–56, retrieved 2022-10-14; see pp. 43, 45
  4. ^ John C. Wheatley — Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences
  5. ^ Vilches, Oscar E. (2015), “John Wheatley and his first dilution refrigerators” (PDF), Fifty Years of Dilution Refrigerators, University of Manchester, retrieved 2022-10-14
  6. ^ “Fellows nominated in 1994 by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics”APS Fellows archive, American Physical Society, retrieved 2022-10-14

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