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Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons

Joint Faculty Professor

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Distinguished R&D Staff, Neutron Scattering Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: (505) 901-0534
e-mail: mfitzsi1@utk.edu


Research

Thin films and nanostructures provide convenient platforms to exploit novel functional behavior for technological applications. Applications include: permanent magnets, quantum information technologies, spintronics, low power electronics, memristors etc., as well as energy conversion, e.g., spin Seebeck currents and conventional thermoelectrics. Thin films and interfaces also enable topologically protected (against annihilation) magnetic order, such as topological insulators and skyrmions. My research is focused on understanding novel materials properties that stem from interfaces—regions between dissimilar materials whose structure enables ground states of matter not observed in the constituent components. Examples include combinations of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, ferroelastic and ferrotoroidic order parameters. My experiments involve developing and using instrumentation techniques that allow control of various conjugate fields during neutron scattering experiments. A second research effort involves characterization of turbulent flow around objects under conditions of large Reynolds number using neutron beams and cryogenic He.


Brief Vita


For Prospective Students

I seek highly motivated graduate students and postdocs who are interested in participating in experimental research to understand and control interfacial properties that lead to new functional materials. Ability to work in a collaborative laboratory and user facility environments is essential. If you are interested please e-mail or call me.


Education


Selected Publications with UT Bylines

Please see my Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.


Awards, Honors, Memberships


Service

Professional Society Governance
  • 2019 President of the Materials Research Society
    Materials Research Society, 1/1/2018-12/31/2020
    VP in 2018, Pres. in 2019, Past Pres. in 2020
  • Treasurer and Officer of the Board of Directors
    Materials Research Society, 1/1/2010-12/31/2015
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Materials Research Society, 2013-2015
  • Member-at-large, topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG)
    American Physical Society, 2007-2009
  • Chair, Nominating committee for GMAG 2009
Committees
  • Chair, Science Technical Advisory Panel (reflectometry) for the European Spallation Source, 2016-present
  • Member, Basic Research Needs for Synthesis Science Basic Energy Sciences, panel 2016
  • Member, Neutron Optics Technical Advisory Panel for the European Spallation Source, 2012-2016
  • Member, Basic Energy Sciences review panel of the neutron scattering directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2012
Conferences
  • Member, programming committee condensed matter programming committee International Conference on Neutron Scattering ‘17
  • Member, programming committee condensed matter programming committee American Conference on Neutron Scattering ‘16
  • Member, programming committee Surface X-ray and Neutron Scattering Conference, ‘15
  • Member, programming committee Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference ‘13
  • Member, programming committee condensed matter programming committee American Conference on Neutron Scattering ‘12
  • Meeting Chair, Fall 2008 Meeting of the Materials Research Society
  • Chair, condensed matter programming committee American Conference on Neutron Scattering ‘08
  • Symposium organizer, Materials Research Society, 2002
Neutron Scattering Schools
  • Lecturer, Neutron reflectometry and small angle neutron scattering, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017
  • Lecturer, Neutron reflectometry and small angle neutron scattering, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Bariloche, Argentina 2017
  • Lecturer, Introduction to Neutron Scattering, May 2015 Materials Characterization Course, UT, MS&E
  • Organizer and Lecturer, 5th LANSCE neutron scattering school, 2009
  • Lecturer, Canadian Neutron Scattering School, Chalk River Canada, 2006
  • Lecturer, 1st LANSCE Neutron Scattering School, 2004
Workshops
  • Organizer, Emerging opportunities in condensed matter research inspired quantum confinement, workshop ORNL/UT 2017
  • Organizer, Very cold neutrons for the Second Target Station workshop, ORNL 2016
  • Invited Speaker, SANS Opportunities for Hard Condensed Matter, 4/14 ORNL
  • Participant, Quantum Condensed Matter and neutron scattering, 12/13 Berkeley, CA
  • Chair, Neutron optics and polarization techniques for the NIST-NCNR expansion upgrade workshop
  • Organizer, Neutron scattering and nanomagnetism, 2004
  • Invited Speaker, Reflectometry at the SNS, ANL, 2000
  • Invited Speaker, Reflectometry at the LPSS, LBNL, 1995
  • Invited Speaker, High power spallation source, ANL, 1993
Proposal Reviewer
  • Department of Energy, National Science Foundation
Memberships
  • American Physical Society (Fellow)
  • Materials Research Society
  • Neutron Scattering Society of America (Fellow)

 

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