The group welcomes three a new PhD students.
Manisha Islam who joins us from University of York and will work with Oleg Petrenko, Shroya Vaidya who completed a MPhys degree here at the University of Warwick and is supervised by Paul Goddard, and George Wood, who is working with Geetha Balakrishnan after completing his first degree at the University of Bristol.
December 2019 - Farewell to Santosh Kumar
The group went for a meal in Leamington Spa to wish farewell to Dr Santosh Kumar. Santosh has completed his 4 year post-doc working as part of the PRETAMAG project.
Santosh has returned to India and is currently working at the TIFR Mubai as a Visiting Research Fellow before taking up a post as an Assistant Professor at IIT Dharwad.
October 2019 - Farewell and good luck to Rob Williams and Ales Stefancic
We bid farewell to Dr Robert Williams who has completed his post-doc working with Paul Godard and leaves to start training as a Medical Physicist at the University of Edinburgh. We also say auf wiedersehen und viel glück to Dr Ales Stefancic, who leaves us after completing his post-doc with Geetha Balakrishnan to take up new a role as a Research Fellow at PSI.
September 2019 - PhD for Dan Mayoh
Congratulations to Dan Mayoh who has completed his doctorate. Dan’s work was supervised by Martin Lees and involved in-house measurements, and muon spectroscopy and neutron scattering experiments performed at ISIS, studying the properties of some novel noncentrosymmetric superconductors.
Dan's thesis, Experimental Studies of Noncentrosymmetric Superconductors can be downloaded from his web page.
March 2019 - Welcome to Dr Matt Coak
The group welcomes Dr Matthew Coak. Matt joins the group having completed a PhD at Cambridge supervised by Dr Siddharth Saxena and and a first postdoctoral position in the Emergent Phenomena Group of the IBS Centre for Correlated Electron Systems at Seoul National University, under Prof Je-Geun Park. Matt will work with Dr Paul Goddard studying the properties of quantum systems at low-temperature, and under high pressure and magnetic field.
July 2018 - PhD for Jamie Brambleby
Congratulations to Jamie Brambleby on successfully defending his PhD thesis. His work was supervised by Paul Goddard.
Jamie's thesis is entitled Quantum magnetism in coordination polymers. The thesis can be downloaded from WRAP here.
September 2018 - Ali Julian leaves for Cornwall
It's goodbye and good luck to Ali Julian our Group Technician, who is leaving Warwick University to return to his family business in Cornwall. Everyone in the Group would like to thank Ali for all his hard work over the last three years and to wish him and the Julian family every success for their new life in Cornwall.
October 2017 - Welcome to 3 New PhD Students
The Group welcomes 3 new PhD students, Sam Holt, Bethany Hampshire, and Sam Curley. Sam Holt will be working with Geetha Balakrishnan on Skyrmionic materials. Beth will be working under the joint supervision of Don Paul (Warwick) and Aidy Hillier (ISIS-RAL) on the use of negative muons, studying at Warwick and at ISIS. Sam Curley will be working with Paul Goddard on an ERC project studying Quantum Materials under Extreme Conditions.
July - September 2017 URSS projects
Two Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) project students have joined the group over the summer. Oliver Rigby (3rd year Physics) is working with Martin Lees and Santosh Kumar on the physics of rare earth transition metal magnets as part of the PRETAMAG project. Stepan Marek (2nd year Physics) is working with Oleg Petrenko on SrRE2O4 frustrated magnetic materials.
July 2017 - Group Summer Meal
The Group held its summer meal at Seasons restaurant in Leamington Spa. The whole group took the chance to get together and to wish Saurabh Barua bon voyage, as he is leaving the Group soon when his post-doc comes to a close.
The meal came about due to the excellent organisation of Dan Brunt. Thanks Dan!
July - August 2017 - Three Visitors from Japan
Over the last month, Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan and the group have hosted three separate visits by Japanese scientists.
Dr. Kaya Kobayashi from Okayama University has been working with Dr Ales Stefancic growing some new superconducting single crystals.
Prof. Toshiro Takabatake from Hiroshima University, a world leading expert in crystal growth and especially heavy fermions, Kondo insulators, thermoelectrics and related materials, visited us to discuss joint projects that included a reciprocal visit by Dan Mayoh to Hiroshima in August.
Almost the whole group decamped to Abingdon to attend the annual Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meeting (TEMM 2017). The meeting was combined with IOP Magnetism TCM joint group symposium and the UK-Korea workshop on strongly correlated electron systems. It was a great chance to talk to old friends and colleagues and to make new contacts. Dan Brunt gave an invited talk at the TCM theory meeting.
Prof. Ray Osborn, who is based at Argonne National Laboratory in the USA visited us just before TEMM and gave a CMP seminar, while Dr. Sylvain Petit of LLB -CEA Saclay came back from Abingdon with us to visit our labs and discuss future projects.
Monica Hatnean Ciomaga and Geetha Balakrishnan both attended this year's APS March meeting in New Orleans. Part scientific meeting – part Mardi Gras!
January 2017 - PhD for Joel Barker
Congratulations to Joel Barker on successfully defending his PhD thesis. Joel, whose PhD work was jointly supervised by Don Paul at Warwick and Aidy Hillier at ISIS-RAL, has been studying the physics of non-centrosymmetric superconductors with a particular emphasis on the use of muon spectroscopy.
Joel's thesis which is entitled Muon Studies of Unconventional Superconductors can be downloaded from his web page.
January 2017 - Welcome to Dr Ales Stefancic and Marta Crisanti
We welcome Dr Ales Stefancic who has recently joined the Group as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) studying the physics of Skyrmionic materials. Ales will work here at Warwick as part of a larger EPSRC Programme Grant Skyrmionics: From Magnetic Excitations to Functioning Low-Energy Devices involving the Universities of Durham, Cambridge, Southampton, and Oxford. The work here at Warwick will be led by Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan.
We also welcome Marta Crisanti who joins us as a Warwick/ILL Ph.D. student working under the joint supervision of Don Paul (Warwick) and Robert Cubitt who works in the Large Scale Structures Group at the ILL. Marta will also be working on Skyrmionic materials, focussing on the use of small angle neutron scattering.
December 2016 - Welcome to Dr Kathrin Gotze and Dr Robert Williams
Kathrin previously worked in the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Dresden, while Rob has just completed his PhD at Durham University. Both Robert and Kathrin will be working on an ERC funded project entitled Quantum Materials Under Extreme Conditions led by Dr Paul Goddard.
November 2016, ERC Grant - Quantum Materials Under Extreme Conditions
Dr Paul Goddard has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant with maximum ERC funding of 1.84 million euros.
The EXTREMEQUANTUM project will significantly advance our knowledge of interacting quantum systems.
Congratulations to Mo Saghir on successfully defending his PhD thesis. Mo, whose Ph.D. work was supervised by Geetha Balakrishnan, has been working on growing new topological insulators and superconductors in both bulk and nano form.
Mo's thesis is entitled Topological Insulators: A Study of Bulk Crystalline and Nanomaterials and can be downloaded from his web page.
February 2016 - Welcome to Dr Sourabh Barua and Dr Santosh Kumar
Santosh will be working with Geetha Balakrishnan, Martin Lees, and Rachel Edwards (Ultrasound Group) on a project to study rare-earth based permanent magnetic systems. This EPSRC funded project (PRETAMAG) includes experimental and theoretical studies and is led by Professor Julie Staunton.
Sourabh will be studying topological insulators in bulk and nano form in an EPSRC project led by Geetha Balakrishnan with collaborations at several institutions including the universities of Manchester and St Andrews, PSI, UCLA, and TIFR.
October 2015 - Three new students join the Group
Daniel will be working toward a PhD based here at Warwick, while Simon will spend one year at Warwick and then two years based at the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France as an ILL PhD student. Panayiota will be working for an MSc by research here at Warwick.
September 2015 - Tom Orton heads to Nijmegen
It's goodbye and good luck or rather tot ziens en succes to Tom Orton our Group Technician, who is leaving the Group after 15+ years of loyal service, man and boy. Tom is moving to Holland to work in the High Field Magnet Laboratory in Nijmegen. Everyone in Group would like to wish him success in his new role. Good luck Tom!