Group Snapshots

Avery and Nathan are working together on the Big Bruker.
Kevin and Shiyu make an exploratory variable temperature Raman run!
Several group members celebrating the holiday season...
Kevin and Sabine test out remote operation of the near field instrument at the Advanced Light Source, and Kiman sets up for low temperature work..
Avery is polishing a crystal in full PPE. Safety first!
Shiyu and Avery and setting up for variable temperature Raman scattering!
Avery and Kendall are taking low temperature data on the infrared microscope.
Avery loves to do outreach work. Here, he is performing for Robertsville middle school children as part of the PEER + SCEME collaboration.
Kiman and Steve McGill are inserting the mcd probe into the 25 T split helix magnet in cell 5 at the Magnet Lab.
Avery and Kiman are measuring magnetic circular dichroism using the 25 T split helix magnet at the Tallahassee Magnet Lab.
All of the NSF-DMREF principle investigators at Rutgers University for science discussions.
This is the UT-Rutgers DMREF team at our favorite Greek restaurant!
Jan and friends at the DMREF PI Meeting in DC in 2015 in front of our awesome poster!
David Vanderbilt, John Schlueter, and Jan at the Materials Genome PI meeting in DC.
Reshef Tenne, Joel Miller, and Jan at the COINAPO conference at the Weizmann Institute.
Jan and friends at the 2013 Telluride workshop on spin-orbit coupling in 4 and 5d materials.
Jan and friends at the 2015 Telluride workshop on spin-orbit coupling in 4- and 5d-containing materials.
Jan and friends at the conference picnic in Telluride after a wonderful day of science + hiking!
Jan and Giti Kandaparast at the SPIE meeting in San Diego.
Jan with many old friends in front of the hybrid magnet at the Chinese High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Heifei.
Kati Kamaras from the Wigner Institute in Budapest joined us for the solar eclipse. We had 33 seconds of totality!
Jan with Erik Henriksen from Washington University and Dave Mandrus from UT/ORNL eating lunch by the ocean at the "Inorganic analogues to graphene" workshop in Cancun. Ben Hunt from Carnegie Melon took the photo!
Kiman loves the Magnet Lab!
Kiman and Avery with Mike Ozerov setting up magneto-infrared spectroscopy at the Magnet Lab in Tallahassee.
Kiman is inserting the infrared transmittance probe into the cryostat at the Magnet Lab.
Sabine and Kevin working with Hans Bechtel and Larry Carr from BNL (not in photo) at the Advanced Light Source at LBNL for near field infrared spectroscopy. Go beamline 2.4!
Larry Carr and Jan hanging out at beamline 5.4 at LBNL.
Kevin and Mike Martin working at beamline 2.4 at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Micky Holcomb (WVU), Randy Fishman (ORNL), and Jan walking around Portland after the Gordon Research Conference!
Avery presenting his poster at the ACS meeting!
Kati Kamaras and Jan in the beautiful snow at the Boston March Meeting!
David Tanner told TWO bad jokes at the spectroscopy dinner this year...
Avery likes this version of the 2019 group picture! I wonder why... It must be because the girls look so happy!
Magneto-optics reunion in Washington DC with Giti Khodaparast (Virginia Tech), Madalina Furris (Vermont), Steve McGill (Magnet Lab), and David Bernholdt (ORNL)!
Fall 2020 photo of the research team. What a beautiful fall day!
Avery and Kiman dress up as the X-Men (or the Blues Brothers?) for the departmental Halloween contest! p.s. They won first prize!
We have a new espresso maker! It's very popular. :-)
We have the cups too... so we look good drinking our espresso.
Avery gave a talk at the MAGNA meeting and won the 3rd place presentation prize!
The DMREF PIs (Kristjan, David, Weida, Valery, Sang, and Jan) meet regularly on Zoom.
Amanda popping the cork on the champagne after her defense.
Three new PhD's in one day! A world record?
We took photos outside before the graduation ceremony in the stadium.
Group poster at the IAMMS quantum materials day.
Avery shows Jun Hee Lee and his team (Ulsan) how we interface the cryostat to our infrared microscope. They spent a sabbatical year in Knoxville.
Nathan and Kiman spent the week talking to our visitor Heung-Sik Kim (Kangwon) about chalcogenides under external stimuli.
Out for lunch at Chiao's with Heung-Sik Kim from Kangwon. He successfully survived hot chile level 35!
Visiting El Paso for the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Thanks to Mark and Zahara for organizing it!
A quick break between sessions at the Starbucks with Steve Hill, Jim Fry, and Hai Ping Cheng at the San Diego ACS meeting.
Avery loves workshops! He gave another great poster on phase diagrams of chiral materials at MAGNA in Gainesville.
Avery Blockmon discussing methyl green with Jun Hee Lee + team from Ulsan at the Oak Ridge Starbucks.
Kiman gave a poster on nonreciprocity in the telecom wavelength range at the Quantum Materials summer school in Santa Barbara!
7 year old Violet El Gammel and Avery make bubbles with dry ice, measure the modulus of a banana under liquid nitrogen, and make ice cream.
Violet even as a look at a penny using our new stereo microscope.
Kiman demonstrates that the 4 - 500 K cryostat works well with the new Raman scattering spectrometer.
Vivien Zapf visits the lab to discuss high field polarization with Avery!
Han Bechtel visits the lab to work with the near field team!
Luther is monitoring the world cup while reading Kevin's thesis.
Yanhong, Sambridhi, and roommate Anjila enjoy their first Christmas tree.
Kevin teaches Brian and Sambridhi how to exfolidate sheets.
Kevin uncorks a bottle of champagne after his defense!
Ashley is the very first user on the near field infrared beam line at Brookhaven!
Luther loves measuring synchrotron-based far infrared at the high pressure beam line at Brookhaven!
Avery loves teaching Raman scattering spectroscopy to the advanced physical chemistry lab students.
Yanhong and Kevin also had fun with the "Raman scattering for gemstone identification" lab.
Jan picked up a complete optical bench for the Bruker 113v from David Tanner's lab in Gainesville. She picked up a lot of electronics boards as well!
Dylan (along with his mentor Luther) presents a poster at the UT undergraduate research symposium on thermal analysis of quantum materials.