Jeffrey W. Lynn

Physicist Jeffrey Lynn is a NIST Fellow and Team Leader for Condensed Matter Physics in the NIST Center for Neutron Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. His primary responsibilities are in the area of Condensed Matter Physics Research and for the triple-axis neutron spectrometers at the NCNR, including the new BT-7 double-focusing thermal triple axis instrument recently commissioned.  He also has a longstanding relationship as Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, and currently is an Adjunct in Physics.

He began his neutron scattering career as an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received his doctorate in 1974 from Georgia Tech while conducting his thesis research as an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Fellow at the High Flux Isotope Reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He then joined the neutron scattering group at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow, before accepting a faculty appointment in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and consultant at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST).  In the 1990's he joined the NIST Center of Neutron Research full time, resigning his tenure to become Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland.  He has held various elected leadership positions in the American Physical Society, and is a Fellow of the APS, the Neutron Scattering Society of America, and the Washington Academy of Sciences.  He has written numerous reviews as well as a graduate text (edited) on High Tc Superconductivity, has over 500 publications in refereed journals and an H index of 80 (GS).  In 2011 President Obama selected him to receive the Distinguished Award of Presidential Rank, the Nation's highest civil service award.

Honors and Awards

Research Interests:
    Neutron scattering techniques are used to explore:

        Structure and Dynamics of Magnetoresistance Materials

        Large Spin-Orbit Coupling--Exotic types of Order, Topological Insulator Materials

        Magnetic Ordering, Spin Dynamics, and Lattice Dynamics in Superconductors

        Magnetic Structure and Dynamics of New Materials  

        Dynamics of Isotropic and Invar Ferromagnets

        Vortex Structures and Penetration Depth in Superconductors

Publications (chronological list starting from 1990;  some earlier ones can be found in the topics sections)

    Research descriptions in a few areas:


        Iron-based Superconductors       

        Spin Dynamics in Cuprate Superconductors

        Magnetic Order in Superconductors

        Structure and Dynamics of Superconducting NaxCoO2 Hydrate and Its Anhydrated Analog

        Flux Lattice in Superconductors and Melting

Manganites and Related Materials:

        Colossal Magnetoresistive Oxides 


        Magnetocaloric System

Exotic Order, Spin-Orbit Coupling, and Topological Systems

       Magnetic Monopoles and Spin Liquids

       Spin Orbit and Topological Materials

Work in various categories:

        Neutron Techniques and Instrumentation

        Lattice Dynamics Publications

        Spin Dynamics Publications

        Magnetic Structure Determinations

Ph.D. in Physics (1974)  Georgia Institute of Technology / Oak Ridge National Laboratory  
    Thesis advisers:            Dr. Harold Gersch  /  Dr. Herbert Mook

Employment History:

1974-1976     Research Associate, Brookhaven National Laboratory (Postdoctoral Advisor, Dr. Gen Shirane)

1976-1997     Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Department of Physics, University of Maryland

1976-1992     Research Physicist/Guest Scientist, National Bureau of Standards/National Institute of Standards and Technology

1992-present  Research Physicist/NIST Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology

1997-present  Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland .

Dr. Jeffrey W. Lynn
NIST Center for Neutron Research
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102

Phone : (301) 975-6246
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