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Current Group Members

Academic Staff

Professor. Pam A. Thomas

Professor. Mike Glazer (Visiting Emiritus Professor)

Research Staff

Dr Steven Huband

Dr. David Walker (X-ray Facility Manager)


Daniel Nye

Technical Staff

Dave Hammond



New paper published in Phys. Rev. B. on Vibrational modes and overlap matrix of LiNb1-xTaxO3 mixed crystals.

Older news

New insight into the self-organised domains in BaTiO3 single crystals. An X-ray topography experiment and Optical Birefringence study are published in Phys. Rev. B.

Our latest PZT structural study, published in Nature Communications is highlighted at It provides the first experimental evidence for the missing phase boundary in PZT.

In collaboration with Oxford University a reproducible and low-cost method of modifying the optical properties of crystalline Lithium Tantalate enables highly accurate temperature readings, down to individual milli-kelvins, over a broad range of temperatures: -120°C to +680°C. More details here.

Selected images of optical birefringence recorded during heating of dodecasil-3C crystals from our collaboration with Richard Walton's group chosen to be the 2011 Journal of Applied Crystallography cover image.

JAC Cover image 2011

New insight into the structure of PZT published in Phys. Rev. Lett. using Neutron diffraction on single crystals which have been grown for the first time. More information can be found here.