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Dr. Jian Liu

Assistant Professor

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Office: 407B Nielsen Physics Building
Phone: (865) 974-3055

Research Interests

I am an experimental condensed matter physicist. My research targets development of novel quantum materials that propel the fundamental understanding on emergent phenomena and deliver innovative concepts/routes for nanotechnologies. A major focus is correlated electronic materials such as transition metal oxides (TMOs), which exhibit a variety of unusual quantum phenomena that often elude conventional predictions as well as afford unparalleled functionalities. Moreover, I create interfaces between materials with distinct ground states by oxide-based heteroepitaxy in order to twist their properties and discover new phases in ways that are unavailable in solid state chemistry. This atomically controlled synthesis is synergistically coupled with advanced synchrotron-based characterizations to comprehend the underlying correlated physics and facilitate quantum materials-by-design. My research covers systems that display metal-insulator transition, high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, orbital ordering/reconstruction, strong spin-orbit coupling, quantum magnetism, multiferroics, as well as magnetic switching.

Brief Vita

For Prospective Students

I always welcome highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students to join my group. If you are interested in studying quantum states of matter and functional materials by using atomic layering and national synchrotron/neutron facilities, please email me or stop by my office. Ph.D. positions are currently available.

Selected Publications

  1. Atomic-scale control of magnetic anisotropy via novel spin-orbit coupling effect in La2/3Sr1/3MnO3/SrIrO3 superlattices, D. Yi, Jian Liu, S.-L. Hsu, L. Zhang, Y. Choi, J.-W. Kim, Z. Chen, J. Clarkson, C. R. Serrao, E. Arenholz, P. J. Ryan, H. Xu, R. J. Birgeneau and R. Ramesh, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 6397 (2016). [DOI]
  2. -- UT Physics highlight

  3. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4, M. P. M. Dean, Y. Cao, X. Liu, S. Wall, D. Zhu, R. Mankowsky, V. Thampy, X. M. Chen, J. G. Vale, D. Casa, Jungho Kim, A. H. Said, P. Juhas, R. Alonso-Mori, J. M. Glownia, A. Robert, J. Robinson, M. Sikorski, S. Song, M. Kozina, H. Lemke, L. Patthey, S. Owada, T. Katayama, M. Yabashi, Yoshikazu Tanaka, T. Togashi, J. Liu, C. Rayan Serrao, B. J. Kim, L. Huber, C.-L. Chang, D. F. McMorrow, M. Först, and J. P. Hill, Nature Materials 15, 601 (2016). [DOI]
  4. -- Brookhaven National Laboratory press release

  5. Strain-induced nonsymmorphic symmetry breaking and removal of Dirac semimetallic nodal line in an orthoperovskite iridate, Jian Liu, D. Kriegner, L. Horak, D. Puggioni, C. Rayan Serrao, R. Chen, D. Yi, C. Frontera, V. Holy, A. Vishwanath, J. M. Rondinelli, X. Marti, and R. Ramesh, Phys. Rev. B 93, 085118 (2016). [DOI]
  6. 180° Ferroelectric Stripe Nanodomains in BiFeO3 Thin Films, Z. Chen, Jian Liu, Y. Qi, D. Chen, S.-L. Hsu, A. R. Damodaran, X. He, A. T. N’Diaye, A. Rockett, L. W. Martin, Nano Lett. in press. [DOI]
  7. Probing single magnon excitations in Sr2IrO4 using O K-edge resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, X. Liu, M.P.M. Dean, Jian Liu, S.G. Chiuzbăian, N. Jaouen, A. Nicolaou, W.G. Yin, C. Rayan Serrao, R. Ramesh, H. Ding, J.P. Hill, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter. 27, 202202 (2015). [DOI]
  8. Anisotropic magnetoresistance in an antiferromagnetic semiconductor, X. Marti, I. Fina, D. Yi, Jian Liu, J.-H. Chu, C. Rayan-Serrao, S. Suresha, J. Železný, T. Jungwirth, J. Fontcuberta, R. Ramesh, Nat. Commun. 5, 4671 (2014). [DOI]
  9. Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor, X. Marti, I. Fina, C. Frontera, Jian Liu, Q. He, R.J. Paull, J.D. Clarkson, J. Kudrnovský, I. Turek, D. Yi, J.-H. Chu, C. Nelson, L. You, E. Arenholz, S. Salahuddin, J. Fontcuberta, T. Jungwirth, R. Ramesh, Nat. Mater. 13, 367 (2014). [DOI]
  10. Heterointerface engineered electronic and magnetic phases of NdNiO3 thin films, Jian Liu, M. Kargarian, M. Kareev, B. Gray, P. J. Ryan, A. Cruz, N. Tahir, Y.-D. Chuang, J.-H. Guo, J. M. Rondinelli, J. W. Freeland, G. A. Fiete, J. Chakhalian, Nat. Commun. 4, 2714 (2013). [DOI]
  11. -- highlighted in Today At Berkeley Lab.

  12. Magnetoelectric coupling effects in heterostructures consisting of multiferroic BiFeO3 and half-doped manganite La0.5Ca0.5MnO3, D. Yi, Jian Liu, S. Okamoto, S. Jaganatha, G. Palsson, Y. C. Chen, P. Yu, Y.-H. Chu, E. Arenholz, R. Ramesh, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 127601 (2013). [DOI]
  13. Epitaxy-distorted spin-orbit Mott insulator in Sr2IrO4 thin film, C. Rayan Serrao, Jian Liu, J.T. Heron, G. Singh-Bhalla, A. Yadav, S. J. Suresha, J. Ravichandran, R. J. Paull, Y. Di, J.-H. Chu, M. Trassin, A. Vishwanath, E. Arenholz, X. Marti, R. Ramesh, Phys. Rev. B 87, 085121 (2013). [DOI]
  14. Metal-insulator transition and orbital reconstruction in Mott-type quantum wells made of NdNiO3, Jian Liu, M. Kareev, D. Meyers, B. Gray, P. Ryan, J. W. Freeland, J. Chakhalian, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 107402 (2012). [DOI]
  15. -- featured in Science and Research Highlights of the Advanced Photon Source.

  16. Quantum confinement of Mott electrons in ultrathin LaNiO3/LaAlO3 superlattice, Jian Liu, S. Okamoto, M. van Veenendaal, M. Kareev, B. Gray, P. Ryan, J. W. Freeland, J. Chakhalian, Phys. Rev. B: Rapid Communications (Editor’s suggestion) 83, 161102(R) (2011). rapid30x30 prbsugg30x30 [DOI]
  17. -- selected for outstanding results of 2011 by the Advanced Photon Source.


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