Thorsten Hesjedal

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Thorsten Hesjedal

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics

I am Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, working on quantum materials in the form of thin films and nanostructures. I graduated with a Dr. rer. nat. degree in physics from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Before coming to Oxford, I was Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University, and Visiting Professor at the UC Santa Barbara. My research facilities are located both in the Clarendon Laboratory and at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site. I am cross-appointed to ISIS and the Diamond Light Source, where I am responsible for the operation of the MBE on the ARPES beamline I05. A picture of the Createc muMBE is shown here:

My research focuses on the growth of quantum materials in the form of thin films and of nanostructures using molecular beam epitaxy, sputtering, and chemical vapor deposition; their structural, magnetic, and electrical characterization; as well as exploratory device studies.

Topics of interest include:

  • Topological insulators
  • Magnetic skyrmions
  • Magnetic oxides
  • Magnetic heterostructures

Thin film growth facilities:

  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Magnetron sputtering
  • Chemical vapor deposition

Characterization facilities (in-house and at Diamond):

  • AFM/MFM (Veeco Multimode)
  • XRD/XRR (Bruker D8 and Agilent Supernova)
  • SQUID (Quantum Design MPMS)
  • PPMS (Quantum Design)
  • Raman
  • SEM/EDX (Jeol/Oxford)
  • TEM (Jeol)

Large-scale user facilities:

  • Synchrotrons (XMCD/XMLD, XPEEM, EXAFS, ARPES, x-ray scattering): Diamond Light Source, ESRF, Bessy, ALS, Elettra
  • Neutron and muon facilities (PNR, muSR): ISIS, PSI, FRMII