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Steve Nagler

Neutron Scattering Science Division, ORNL


Stephen E. Nagler is a Corporate Research Fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Director of ORNL’s Quantum Condensed Matter Division. He is affiliated with the Department of Physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His primary research interest is in condensed matter physics, especially quantum materials. He is an expert on neutron scattering techniques, especially inelastic scattering to investigate the dynamics of materials. Nagler also has extensive experience with high resolution and time resolved x-ray scattering methods using both in-house and synchrotron based x-ray sources. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles on topics ranging from low dimensional materials such as one-dimensional quantum magnets and phase transitions in two dimensions, non-equilibrium behavior of alloys and polymers, quantum criticality, frustrated magnetism and novel superconductors. Nagler received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 1982, and moved that year to the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. In 1984 he joined the faculty of the University of Florida, where he received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award in 1986. Nagler served as a Professor of Physics at Florida until moving to ORNL in 1995. He was named scientist of the year at ORNL in 1998 and a co-winner of the UT-Battelle Team Award for Outstanding Scientific Research and Director’s award for outstanding team accomplishment in 2009. He is well known internationally and has presented over 50 invited talks at major national or international meetings, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Riso Laboratory in Denmark. Nagler is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Neutron Scattering Society of America, and has been named as an ouitstanding referee by the American Physical Society . He served the maximum six years as a Divisional Associate Editor of the journal Physical Review Letters.


B. Lake, D. A. Tennant, J.-S. Caux, T. Barthel, U. Schollwock, S. E. Nagler and C. D. Frost, Multispinon continua at zero and finite temperature in a near-ideal Heisenberg chain, arXiv:1307.4071, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 137205 (2013).

A.A. Aczel, G. E. Granroth, G. J. MacDougall, W. J. L. Buyers, D. L. Abernathy, G. D. Samolyuk, G. M. Stocks, and S. E. Nagler, Quantum Oscillations of Nitrogen Atoms in Uranium Nitride, arXiv:1206.3597, Nature Communications 3, 1124 (2012) DOI 10.1038/ncomms2117

G. J. MacDougall, D. Gout, J. L. Zarestky, G. Ehlers, A. Podlesnyak, M. A. McGuire, D. Mandrus, S. E. Nagler, Kinetically Inhibited Order in a Diamond Lattice Antiferromagnet, arXiv:1103.0049, PNAS 108, 15693 (2011).

M. D. Lumsden, A. D. Christianson, E. A. Goremychkin, S. E. Nagler, H. A. Mook, M. B. Stone, T. Guidi, G. J. MacDougall, C. de la Cruz, A. S. Sefat, M. A. McGuire, B. C. Sales and D. Mandrus, Evolution of Spin Excitations into the Superconducting State in FeTe1-xSexarXiv:0907.2417, Nature Physics 6, 182-186 /nphys1512 (2010).

M. D. Lumsden, A. D. Christianson, D. Parshall, M. B. Stone, S. E. Nagler, H. A. Mook, K. Lokshin, T. Egami, D. L. Abernathy, E. A. Goremychkin, R. Osborn, M. A. McGuire, A. S. Sefat, R. Jin, B. C. Sales, D. Mandrus, Two-Dimensional Resnonant Magnetic Excitation in BaFe1.84Co0.16As2arXiv:0811.4755, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 107005 (2009).

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