I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the 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 magnetic and electronic structure influence the dynamical properties of quantum materials.
Topological properties of magnetism and band structure are my guiding interests. I am currently focused on skyrmion crystals, where the magnetization forms a stable superstructure of topological defects with spins that point in every direction on the unit sphere. Skyrmions constitute an intriguing, new phase of topological matter now seen in both metals and insulators. Besides their fundamental import, they have great potential for applications in magnetic memory and other spintronic devices. I am also working closely with colleagues to develop new techniques for time-resolved neutron scattering with resolution less than 100µs, which would open an exciting new way of exploring quantum materials with accessible time-scales. 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.