Dr Daniel A. Mayoh
My Research Profile
From January 2022, I now work as a Research-Focused Research Fellow working jointly with Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan, Prof. Martin Lees, Dr Oleg Petrenko and Dr Paul Goddard on various research projects.
I joined the Superconductivity and Magnetism group at the University of Warwick in 2015 as a postgraduate research student where I undertook my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Martin Lees. I had previously completed my MPhys Physics degree at the University of St Andrews in 2015.
I re-joined the Superconductivity and Magnetism group at the University of Warwick in the summer of 2019 as a Research Fellow, where I work with Prof. Geetha Balakrishnan, as a part of The Skyrmion Project until winter 2021.
My research is focused on the crystal growth and synthesis of quantum materials. In particular, my previous post-doctorial work was on the synthesis and characterisation of single-crystal samples that host skyrmions or exotic magnetic spin textures. I utilised a large range of crystal growth techniques including chemical vapour transport, Bridgman technique, self-flux method, optical floating zone and the Czochralski technique. The investigation of the physics of all the materials that I produce at Warwick involves a wide range of techniques, including in-house magnetic, thermodynamic and transport measurements, as well as the use of central facilities using X-ray diffraction, neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy techniques.
During my PhD, my research was focused on noncentrosymmetric superconducting systems. In particular, I am interested in superconductors where time-reversal symmetry breaking is also observed. My work involved the synthesis of high-quality polycrystalline and single-crystal samples that can then be characterised using a variety of low-temperature thermodynamic, transport and magnetisation measurements. I also used international central facilities to carry out neutron scattering, muon spectroscopy, and high magnetic field experiments. We primarily used muon spin rotation and relaxation techniques to look for unconventional superconducting states in our compounds.
A copy of my PhD thesis can be found through the following link: Experimental studies of noncentrosymmetric superconductorsLink opens in a new window
A full and up-to-date list of all my publications (including number of citations) can be found by visiting the databases linked to in the panel on the right.
B. Edwards, O. Dowinton, A. E. Hall, P. A. E. Murgatroyd, S. Buchberger, T. Antonelli, G.-R. Siemann, A. Rajan, E. Abarca Morales, A. Zivanovic, C. Bigi, R. V. Belosludov, C. M. Polley, D. Carbone, D. A. Mayoh, G. Balakrishnan, M. S. Bahramy, and P. D. C. King, Giant valley-Zeeman coupling in the surface layer of an intercalated transition metal dichalcogenide, Nature Materials 22, 459 (2023).Link opens in a new window
L. Powalla, M. T. Birch, K. Litzius, S. Wintz, F. S. Yasin, L. A. Turnbull, F. Schulz, D. A. Mayoh, G. Balakrishnan, M. Weigand, X. Yu, K. Kern, G. Schütz, and M. Burghard, Seeding and Emergence of Composite Skyrmions in a van der Waals Magnet, Advanced Materials 2023, 35, 2208930 (2023).Link opens in a new window
D. A. Mayoh, J. Bouaziz, A. E. Hall, J. B. Staunton, M. R. Lees, and G. Balakrishnan, Giant topological and planar Hall effect in Cr1/3NbS2, Physical Review Research 4, 013134 (2022).Link opens in a new window
D. G. C. Jonas, P. K. Biswas, A. D. Hillier, D. A. Mayoh, and M.R Lees, Quantum muon diffusion and the preservation of time-reversal symmetry in the superconducting state of type-I rhenium, Physical Review B 105, L020503 (2022).Link opens in a new window
D. A. Mayoh, S. J. R. Holt, T. Takabatake, G. Balakrishnan, and M. R. Lees, Anisotropic superconductivity and unusually robust electronic critical field in single crystal La7Ir3, Physical Review Materials 5, 114803 (2021).Link opens in a new window
D. A. Mayoh, G. D. A wood, S. J. R. Holt, G. Beckett, E. J. L. Dekker, M. R. Lees, and G. Balakrishnan, Effects of Fe Deficiency and Co Substitution in Polycrystalline and Single Crystal of Fe3GeTe2, Crystal Growth & Design 21, 6786 (2021).Link opens in a new window
P. K. Biswas, S.K. Ghosh, J. Z. Zhao, D. A. Mayoh, N. D. Zhigadlo, X. Xu, C. Baines, A. D. Hillier, G. Balakrishnan, and M. R. Lees, Chiral Singlet Superconductivity in the weakly correlated metal LaPt3P, Nature Communications 12, 2504 (2021).
D. A. Mayoh, A. D. Hillier, G. Balakrishnan, M. R. Lees, Evidence for the coexistence of time-reversal symmetry breaking and Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-like superconductivity in La7Pd3, Physical Review B 103, 024507 (2021).Link opens in a new window
Recent Conference Highlights:
- "Exploring Superconductivity in Time-Reversal Symmetry Breaking Hexagonal Noncentrosymmetric Superconductors" M2S Conference, Vancouver, Canada (2022).
- "Exploring Unconventional superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric compounds", Physics Colloquium Series, Technische Universität Braunschweig (2021).
- "Chiral Magnetism and the nature of magnetic ordering in the intercalated transition metal dichalcogenides", Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meeting, Online Conference (2021).
- "Anisotropic Superconductivity and unusually robust electronic critical field in single crystal La7Ir3" American Physical Society March Meeting, Chicago, USA (2022).
- "Chiral magnetism and the Hall effect in Cr1/3NbS2" CRIM 2021: Magnetic Skyrmions workshop (2021).
- "Exploring superconductivity using μSR in hexagonal noncentrosymmetric superconductors", Condensed Matter and Quantum Materials, Online Conference (2021).
- "Magneto-transport and magnetic ordering in the intercalated transition metal dichalcogenides", American Physical Society March Meeting, Online Conference (2021).
- "Detecting unconventional superconductivity using muons", UK Neutron and Muon Science and User Meeting, Warwick, UK (2019).
- APS March meeting, Chicago, USA (2022).
- UK Neutron and Muon Science and User Meeting, Warwick, UK (2018 & 2019).
- Superconductivity Day, Liverpool, UK (2017).
I am actively involved in the undergraduate teaching through tutoring and final year research projects.
During my PhD I was a demonstrator and marker for the 1st Year Physics Teaching Laboratory and 1st Year Electronics Laboratory between 2015 and 2019. I was honoured to be selected as a commendee for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach 2018.
Public Engagement, Outreach and Widening Participation
I help run a series of workshops on superconducting 'levitation'. As part of this program, I deliver the workshops at the university of Warwick, local schools and at science events. The levitation workshop aims to explain the importance of superconductivity and magnetism in every day life. We demonstrate the stark changes that occur to the physical properties of materials when we cool them down using cryogenic liquids.
Events and activities
Here's a list with some of the recent public engagement, widening participation and outreach events and activities in which I have been involved.
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XMaS Science Gala (2019).
- XMaS Science Gala (2018).
Science Festivals & Family Days:
- Girl Guiding (Brownies) Science Day (2018)Link opens in a new window
- Warwick Family Days (2018)Link opens in a new window.
- The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair (2017/2018)Link opens in a new window.
- Festival of the Imagination (2015)Link opens in a new window.
- Physics in the Field Demonstrator, Institute of Physics (2012)
University Open Days:
- University of Warwick, Physics Department (2015- Present)
- University of St Andrews, School of Physics and Astronomy (2010- 2015)
Other Professional Activities:
- Reviewer for Scientific Journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B and Physical Review Materials.
- Health and Safety Committee - Representative of Chemical Handling and Chemical Storage (since 2021)
- Member of the Institute of Physics (IOP) (Since 2010)
- Co-organiser of the IOP Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS) in St Andrews in 2014.
Below are a list of courses/training schools that I took during me postgraduate studies:
- ISIS Neutron Training School 2016
- ISIS Muon Training School 2016
- Diamond DTC Module: Properties & Characterisation Materials
Superconductivity and Magnetism Group (Room 230)
Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
D dot Mayoh dot 1(at)warwick dot ac dot uk
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