Science Starts Here: Andrew Christianson
Shull Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Time at the Mag Lab
Graduate research assistant at the Pulsed Field Facility.
Andrew studies strongly correlated electron systems with the aim of understanding the fundamental interactions that give rise to the novel magnetic and superconducting ordered states displayed by these materials. The technique he currently uses to investigate strongly correlated electron systems is neutron scattering, often in conjunction with applied magnetic fields.
In his own words
“My experience at the Magnet Lab gave me an early introduction to many current problems in the field of strongly correlated electrons and an enthusiastic and highly motivated group of experts to interact with.
The Magnet Lab has achieved one of the best balances between serving the user community and nurturing a strong internal science program.
“Throughout my career I have worked at many user facilities in the U.S. and around the world. The Magnet Lab has achieved one of the best balances between serving the user community and nurturing a strong internal science program.”
How mentors make a difference
“During my time at the Magnet Lab, I had the privilege of working closely with Alex Lacerda. He not only served as my mentor at the Los Alamos campus, but also served on my Ph.D. committee at Colorado State. Alex was a pleasure to work with as he always injected excitement and encouragement about the science we were doing. I am truly grateful for a mentor who was encouraging and never lost sight of the fact that the goal of every graduate student is to do great science that enables the achievement of a Ph.D. in a reasonable amount of time.”
Published in Volume 16, Issue 1 of Mag Lab Reports (Download this issue in
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