Seminar: Dr. Clement Burns

Probing High Temperature Superconductors with X-rays

Friday, April 7 at 3 pm in VW 104

Clement Burns Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Superconducting materials display a variety of unusual phenomenon, including the ability to carry electrical currents without resistance and the expulsion of magnetic fields from their volume.  Many of these systems are well understood, but over the last couple of decades several new classes of exotic superconductors have been discovered which cannot be explained with current theory.  In this talk I will discuss recent work using a free electron laser x-ray source at the SLAC accelerator laboratory to study the high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu4O7-x. Electrons in these systems show a new type of charge order which competes with the superconductivity, and this charge ordering may play an important role in the properties of these materials.

Physics major works on experiment at MSU-NSCL

Cole Persch at MSU-NSCL on Feb 16, 2017

Cole Persch spent the day working with Dr. DeYoung at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University.

 Most of the day we were helping out with SuN, a machine used to study supernovas. I also sat in on a meeting to discuss another experiment.