Physics and Astronomy Post-Doc Wins Research Award

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Kate A. Ross, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the recipient of the 2014 Prize for Outstanding Student Research, given by the Neutron Scattering Society of America. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the field by students who have performed much of their work at North American neutron facilities.

Ross’ research focuses on pyrochlore magnets, which have been a playground for the physics of exotic ground states, as many different magnetic ions can be made to decorate the pyrochlore lattice—a network of corner-sharing tetrahedral and one of the defining architectures supporting geometrical frustration in three dimensions.

Ross received her doctoral degree from McMaster University in Ontario and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Quantum Matter, located within Johns Hopkins’ Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is also a fellow at the Center for Neutron Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“Kate’s thesis work on the frustrated magnetism of the pyrochlore lattice is beautiful and richly deserving of this recognition,” said Collin Broholm, the department’s Gerhard H. Dicke Professor and director of the its Institute for Quantum Matter. “I am delighted she is continuing this important work.”

Ross’ research interests include new magnetic materials, as well as technique development and extreme sample environments, particularly as they pertain to the elucidation of quantum physics in new materials.