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Cortie, David Dr

Senior Lecturer / Research Fellow

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Lecturer - Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences 2018 - 2021

Overview


I am a condensed matter physicist working on topological electronic materials and magnetic materials. My speciality is measuring the atomic-scale structure and excitations of materials using neutron scattering. Neutrons, as an example of a quantum beam, offer a unique perspective on the universe as they interact via nuclear forces, yielding different contrast from "common" X-rays and electrons.  I use polarised neutron reflectometry to study thin-film magnets, and neutron spectroscopy to reveal magnonic and phononic features.  I hold a fractional appointment at UoW, and the remainder of my time is spent as a scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, where I am now co-responsible for the PLATYPUS neutron reflectometer. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am a senior research fellow at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials within AIIM. I am also a guest lecturer within School of Physics, EIS.  I am an honorary Associate Investigator in the national ARC Centre for Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies.

    My research is focused on the electronic and magnetic properties of solid-state materials in the form of single crystals and thin films. 

    I study the structure-function relationship in novel compounds with applications in spintronics and thermoelectricity. Neutron reflectometry and diffraction, in tandem with electron microscopy, are used to reveal atomic-scale details. Neutron spectroscopy provides insights into the way that heat and magnetic information is transmitted via phonons and magnons in new materials. 

    Keywords: nanomagnetism, spintronics, strong-correlated electron systems, oxide materials, neutron spectroscopy, density functional theory, diffraction, crystallography, polarised neutron reflectometry, topological materials, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetometry, magnetotransport, thermal conductivity

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Magnetic Topological Insulators
    Nanomagnetism
    Neutron Reflectometry
    Neutron Spectroscopy

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Engineering disorder at the surface of topological insulators to manipulate electronic transport Bake, Abuduliken
    Doctor of Philosophy Comparing inelastic neutron scattering with theory to understand the complex magnetic interactions in a low-dimensional frustrated magnet Allen, Jackson
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Engineering thermal conductivity in heat-functionalised materials using chemical doping and nanoparticle additives Rahman, Md Rezoanur
    Doctor of Philosophy Phonon transport in nanostructure interfaces. Stamper, Caleb

Outreach And Community Service Activities


Keywords


  • spintronics, topological insulators, phonon band engineering, magnetism, phase transitions, statistical mechanics, Monte Carlo, density functional theory, energy materials, fast ion conductors, Li ion storage, Na ion conductors, thermoelectrics, semiconductors, ab initio molecular dynamics, neutron spectroscopy,  neutron reflectometry, polarised neutron analysis, near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, magnetometry, magnetotransport, muon spectroscopy, B-NMR spectroscopy, micromagnetism, nanomagnetism, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electronic microscopy, thermal conductivity, laser flash analysis

Full Name


  • David Laurence Cortie

Mailing Address


  • AIIM

    Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    Fairy Meadow

    NSW

    2519

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am a senior research fellow at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials within AIIM. I am also a guest lecturer within School of Physics, EIS.  I am an honorary Associate Investigator in the national ARC Centre for Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies.

    My research is focused on the electronic and magnetic properties of solid-state materials in the form of single crystals and thin films. 

    I study the structure-function relationship in novel compounds with applications in spintronics and thermoelectricity. Neutron reflectometry and diffraction, in tandem with electron microscopy, are used to reveal atomic-scale details. Neutron spectroscopy provides insights into the way that heat and magnetic information is transmitted via phonons and magnons in new materials. 

    Keywords: nanomagnetism, spintronics, strong-correlated electron systems, oxide materials, neutron spectroscopy, density functional theory, diffraction, crystallography, polarised neutron reflectometry, topological materials, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetometry, magnetotransport, thermal conductivity

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Magnetic Topological Insulators
    Nanomagnetism
    Neutron Reflectometry
    Neutron Spectroscopy

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Engineering disorder at the surface of topological insulators to manipulate electronic transport Bake, Abuduliken
    Doctor of Philosophy Comparing inelastic neutron scattering with theory to understand the complex magnetic interactions in a low-dimensional frustrated magnet Allen, Jackson
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Engineering thermal conductivity in heat-functionalised materials using chemical doping and nanoparticle additives Rahman, Md Rezoanur
    Doctor of Philosophy Phonon transport in nanostructure interfaces. Stamper, Caleb

Outreach And Community Service Activities


Keywords


  • spintronics, topological insulators, phonon band engineering, magnetism, phase transitions, statistical mechanics, Monte Carlo, density functional theory, energy materials, fast ion conductors, Li ion storage, Na ion conductors, thermoelectrics, semiconductors, ab initio molecular dynamics, neutron spectroscopy,  neutron reflectometry, polarised neutron analysis, near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, magnetometry, magnetotransport, muon spectroscopy, B-NMR spectroscopy, micromagnetism, nanomagnetism, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electronic microscopy, thermal conductivity, laser flash analysis

Full Name


  • David Laurence Cortie

Mailing Address


  • AIIM

    Innovation Campus, Squires Way

    Fairy Meadow

    NSW

    2519

    Australia