Dr. Dhital earned his master’s degree in physics from Nepal and a PhD in physics from Boston College. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Research interests: Study of novel electronic and magnetic phenomena in non-centrosymmetric intermetallic compounds, transition metal oxides, superconductors, heavy fermions etc. The research method includes both synthesis and characterization using magnetotransport, magnetization, magnetic force microscopy and neutron scattering techniques.
Award: GMAG graduate dissertation award for magnetism from American Physical Society (2014). Publications: more than 20 peer reviewed papers.
Dr. Gupta received his master’s degree in physics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, India and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Muenster, Germany while working in Prof. Dieter Richter’s group at the Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS), Germany. Before coming to LSU he was a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Biology and Soft Matter Division.
Research Interests: Constrained structure and dynamics in soft matter that includes complex fluids like synthetic polymers, biological macromolecules, colloids, glasses and polymer nano-composites. To understand the basic interactions governing their nanoscopic structures, which is manifested in their nanoscopic and macroscopic dynamics, in order to establish a structure-property relationship. Primary characterization methods include neutron scattering and spectroscopic techniques (SANS, NSE, Backscattering, TOF, etc.) Other techniques include different X-ray and light scattering, rheology and dielectric-spectroscopy.
Fellowship: Fellow of International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter, Germany.
Dr. Karna received his master's degree in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and a PhD in Physics from National Central University, Taiwan. Before joining LSU in Feb 2017, he was a Research Scientist at the Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. His research covers systems that display novel physical properties, such as geometrically frustrated magnetism showing quantum spin behaviors, multiferroicity, Fe-based superconductivity, intermetallic compounds and ionic conducting materials. The strategies are to prepare polycrystalline and grow single crystals of them, and study them by X-ray diffraction, low temperature measurements, and neutron scattering techniques.
Dr. Ning’s research interests include electronic structure of solids using density functional theory based on either linear augmented-slater-type orbits or linearized augmented plane waves basis and KKR-Green’s function method with local density approximation (LDA) and meta-generalized gradient approximation (mGGA), simulating disordered alloys where coupling of charge, spin and lattice are important, calculating spectrum using either time-dependent density functional theory with mGGA or solving Bethe-Salpeter equation with GW correction. He earned his PhD in physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this period, he participated in research on semiconductors at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He earned his masters’ degrees in physics from both Peking University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Dr. Yang earned her master’s degree in physics from Zhejiang University, China and a PhD degree in physics from EPFL, Switzerland.
Research interests: Unconventional Superconductivity, Heavy Fermion Compounds and Quantum Criticality, Spin-Orbit Coupled Systems, Low Dimensional Physics and Magnetic Structure of Novel Materials.
Research methods include materials growth, structure characterization, magnetism, electric and thermal transport, transport and magnetic measurements under high pressure, neutron scattering.
San Gil Youm
San Gil Youm earned his PhD in chemistry from LSU. He works on the design and preparation of selectively deuterated stratified thin films of conjugated polymers by surface-confined polymerization. These thin-film samples will be used to develop neutron reflectometry based methods to study local structure and organization in thin films of conjugate polymers as well as the influence of weak intermolecular interactions on the organization and morphology of the films.
Yazhou Zhou works with Professor Weiwei Xie in the LSU Chemistry Department on the physical pressure effects on SrMn2Sb2 and SrMnBi2.