Research Highlight 1

Control of Phase Transitions in Strongly-Correlated Materials


One of the key scientific directions of our group is the study of phase transitions in strongly-correlated materials. We utilize external stimuli, such as THz pulses, temperature and strain to initiate and control the transition. Then we use static and ultrafast synchrotron– and FEL-based x-ray techniques to investigate and separate the various degrees of freedom involved in the process.

Research Highlight 2

Control of the Emergent Electronic Properties in Mott Oxides


Another important direction that our group pursues is the understanding and harnessing control of the emergent electronic phenomena in ultrathin Mott oxides. We utilize advanced polarization-dependent x-ray spectroscopic and scattering techniques in conjunction with state-of-the-art theory and synthesis to tune key electronic and structural parameters in ultrathin oxide films.

News and Events

February 16, 2021

Congratulations to Jay, Joseph, Raj, and Weibing on a new paper in Chemistry of Materials [link]

November 24, 2020

Congratulations to the entire team on finishing up a successful experiment at the Swiss Light Source

February 1, 2020

Congratulations to Arian on starting his new Staff Scientist position at the University of Pennsylvania

November 4, 2019

Congratulations to Arian on a new paper in Nano Letters [link]

September 9, 2019

Congratulations to Weibing on a new paper in Phys. Rev. B [link]

August 27, 2019

Congratulations to Ravini on starting her new teaching position at Spelman College

July 15, 2019

Congratulations to Ravini on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis

July 11, 2019

Congratulations to the entire group on successfully commissioning the high-flux HAXPES spectrometer [read story]

May 3, 2019

Congratulations to the entire team on finishing up a successful experiment at the Advanced Light Source

April 11, 2019

Congratulations to Arian on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis

Research Highlight 3

Depth-Resolved Electronic Structure at Oxide Interfaces


Our group is involved in the development and advancement of novel depth-resolved x-ray spectroscopic techniques, such as the standing-wave photoemission and spectromicroscopy. We apply these techniques to studies of emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena at interfaces.


Recent Book Chapter (2018)

Research Highlight 4

Probing Bulk Electronic Structure with Hard X-ray Photoemission


Another important scientific direction of our group involves the development and applications of hard x-ray angle-resolved (as well as angle-integrated) photoemission techniques for bulk electronic structure determination.


Recent Book Chapter (2016)

Temple University
College of Science and Technology
Department of Physics

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