PhD Student in Condensed Matter Physics
Johns Hopkins University
My research, under professor Collin Broholm at Johns Hopkins University, is experimental quantum magnetism: the study of magnetic materials where quantum mechanical effects are significant. I focus on low temperature (0.1 – 4 K) frustrated magnetism, with investigations into spin-ice materials, spin-liquid candidates, and other compounds which display unusual magnetic behavior. Such materials are interesting from a fundamental perspective because they contain stable macroscopic quantum superposition states, non-local order, and quasiparticle excitations far more exotic than Standard Model particle physics. From an applications perspective these materials are interesting because the quantum superposition states may have potential for use in quantum computation. The main tools I use are neutron scattering, bulk property measurements, and computational modelling in collaboration with theorist colleagues. I have active collaborations with researchers from many universities. If you'd like to collaborate with me, please contact me with the information below.
On the side, I am also interested in the history and philosophy of science, and questions of realism within emergence: to what extent a useful theory with unrealistic assumptions contains truth.