X-ray vision of spins, charges and orbitals for understanding emergent electronic states in complex oxides
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Abstract: The charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom play a crucial role in determining the remarkable properties of transition metal oxide materials, but probing these degrees of freedom is often challenging. In this talk, I will describe how resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) opens up important new possibilities for measuring these degrees of freedom even in extreme cases such as atomically thin heterostructures and ultra-fast transient states. This includes observing precursor charge correlations in cuprates , determining how orbitals are modified within LaNiO3-based heterostructures  and characterizing the spin behavior within the transient state of photo-doped Sr2IrO4 .
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Mark Dean is a Physicist in the X-Ray Scattering Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. His research program is centered on resonant elastic and inelastic x-ray scattering studies of quantum materials and is supported by a Department of Energy Early Career Award. Mark is a member of the Editorial Board for Physical Review X and chair of the National Synchrotron Light Source II Users' Committee.