Peter Stephens’s group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University focuses on the understanding of materials at the atomic level. One of the central conceits of condensed matter physics is that knowledge of crystal structure enables the understanding (dare one say, prediction?) of properties, such as superconductivity or magnetism. The main technique employed in our group is powder diffraction, especially at the nearby National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Interesting materials usually make their first appearance as powders; frequently, single crystals of size and quality required for traditional crystallographic methods cannot be prepared. For more information, look at our Publications page.
This site is under construction, being edited from a copy of Matt Dawber's page.
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