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Electron Spectroscopy Group

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Welcome to the unofficial web site for the Electron Spectroscopy Group, a member of the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York.  The official web site has been moved to:


The focus of the electron spectroscopy program is the exploration of the electronic structure and electrodynamics of topological insulators and strongly correlated electron systems, with particular attention to emergent phenomena, such as superconductivity and magnetism, using angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) and optical spectroscopy.  A central goal of the program is to discover the mechanism of superconductivity in the high-temperature superconductors and to better understand the role of spin- and charge-orders that shape the phase diagrams of these materials, particularly in the low-doping regimes.  These studies will be extended to heavier transition-metal oxides and other low-dimensional materials in which both the correlation and spin-orbit coupling energies are comparable to band energies. In these materials, the effects of strong spin-orbit coupling and correlations could lead to a myriad of different phases and phenomena. In addition, interaction of topological materials with materials displaying other ground states, in particular with magnetism and superconductivity, will be studied, as the proximity of these two distinct types of matter is expected to produce exotic new phenomena, some of which could be applied in devices.  In order to carry out these studies instrumentation will be developed for both ARPES and optical reflectance studies featuring lab-based light sources as well as instruments for future beamlines at NSLS II


A brief survey of current research topics include:

  • High-Tc cuprates and iron-based superconductors

  • Topological insulators; Dirac and Weyl semimetals

  • Charge ("stripe") order in the nickelates

  • Correlated electron systems (intermetallics, etc.)

  • Density-functional theory ab-initio calculations of electronic band structure and lattice dynamics of perovskites and related materials

Our experiments are typically performed on single crystal samples, many of which are grown and characterized at Brookhaven.  


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Last Modified: Thursday, April 20, 2017 01:54 PM

Please forward all questions about this site to: C. Homes

:: News :: Announcements ::


Special Symposium: Reflections on the Life and Career of Myron Strongin, Saturday, January 31, 2015; Physics Large Seminar Room. PDF details here


Optical conductivity of a nodal metal, C. C. Homes, J. Tu, J. Li, G. D. Gu, and A. Akrap, Sci. Rep. 3, 3446 (2013). PDF


Hidden T-linear scattering rate in Ba0.5K0.4Fe2As2 revealed by optical  spectroscopy, Y. M. Dai, B. Xu, B. Shen, H. Xiao, H. H. Wen, X. G. Qiu, C. C. Homes, and R. P. S. M. Lobo, Phjys. Rev. Lett. 111, 117001 (2013). PDF


Photoemission spectroscopy of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities on the surface of the Bi2Se3 topological insulator, T. Valla, Z.-H. Pan, D. Gardner, Y. S. Lee, and S. Chu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 117601 (2012). PDF


Peter Johnson shares 2011 APS Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize. details here


Measurement of an exceptionally weak electron-phonon coupling on the surface of the topological insulator Bi2Se3 using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, Z.-H. Pan, A.V. Fedorov, D. Gardner, Y. S. Lee, S. Chu, and T. Valla, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 187001 (2012). PDF


Emergence of preformed Cooper pairs from the doped Mott insulating state in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d, H.-B. Yang, J. D. Rameau, P. D. Johnson, T. Valla, A. Tsvelik, and G. D. Gu, Nature 456, 77-80 (2008). details here