I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Institute for Quantum Matter at The Johns Hopkins University where I am working towards a PhD in physics with Professor Collin L. Broholm. We use neutron scattering, complemented by theory and other experimental techniques, to understand how the topological properties of magnetic or electronic structure influence the dynamical properties of quantum materials. I am currently focused on skyrmions, which constitute an intriguing new topological phase of matter. Besides their fundamental import, skyrmions have great potential for applications in magnetic memory and other spintronic devices. For more details about my past and present work, please refer to my Research page.
My undergraduate work at Wesleyan University ranged from experimental fluid dynamics to topics in theoretical ion trap physics, both of which I discuss in this interview. My experimental work in fluid dynamics, cited for the APS Leroy Apker Award, demonstrated novel measurements of the rotational dynamics of anisotropic particles that I designed and fabricated using 3D printing. The new class of techniques we introduced for measuring Lagrangian statistics of ellipsoidal particles may also have exciting applications in topological fluid dynamics.
I remain connected to the role science plays in society through outreach to local schools and by contributing articles as an independent science consultant to OZY.com.