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Jason S. Gardner

Jason S. Gardner Research Scientist
Condensed Matter Physics (Experimental)

B.Sc., University of Warwick, 1991
M.Sc., Keele University, 1992
Ph.D., University of Warwick, 1996
Post-docs at McMaster and Los Alamos

Office: NIST
Phone: (301) 975-8391
Email: gardnerj at

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Summary
My research is in neutron scattering on magnetic model systems like spin liquids, spin ice and low dimensional systems. With these materials interests in mind I usually perform neutron experiment on cold source spectrometers to study the spin-spin correlations (both static and dynamic) within the sample at a fraction of a degree above absolute zero.

I got my physics undergraduate degree at Warwick University (1988-91) and returned in 1992 to start my Ph.D. after gaining a Masters at Keele University. During this period I worked in magnets closely related to high temperature superconductors but towards the end of my degree I developed an interest in "model magnets" - materials carefully designed to imitate statistical mechanical models. In 1996 I moved to North America and have worked in Canada or America ever since. I was a staff scientist at the Chalk River Laboratory, Canada for 5 years before moving to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where I’m based today. In 1999 I had two papers published in Physical Review Letters. These can be regarded and my first significant scientific papers. The work on the spin liquid Tb2Ti2O7 is still discussed actively today. I work closely with Profs. Bruce Gaulin (McMaster), Steve Bramwell (London) and Chris Wiebe (Winnipeg) through whom I have developed a program of materials synthesis, bulk characterization and eventually facilities research

Selected Publications

  • Magnetic Pyrochlore Oxides

    J S Gardner, M J P Gingras and J E Greedan
    Rev. Mod. Phys, 82 53 (2010).
  • Two Dimensional Kagome Correlations and Field Induced Order in the Ferromagnetic XY Pyrochlore Yb2Ti2O7
    K A Ross, J P C Ruff, C P Adams, J S Gardner, H A Dabkowska, Y Qiu, J R D Copley, and B D Gaulin
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 227202 (2009).
  • Direct observation of a nuclear spin excitation in Ho2Ti2O7
    G Ehlers, E Mamontov, M Zamponi, K C Kam and J S Gardner
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 016405 (2009).
  • Spin dynamics in Ho2Ru2O7
    J S Gardner, A L Cornelius, L J Chang, M Prager, Th Brückel and G Ehlers
    J. Phys.: Condens Matter 17, 7089 (2005).
  • Spin-spin correlations in Yb2Ti2O7: A polarized neutron scattering study
    J S Gardner, G Ehlers, N Rosov, R W Erwin and C Petrovic
    Phys. Rev. B. 70, 180404(R) (2004).
  • Phase Transitions, Partial disorder and multi-k structures in Gd2Ti2O7
    J R Stewart, G Ehlers, A S Wills, S T Bramwell and J S Gardner
    J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 , L321 (2004).
  • Co-operative Paramagnetism in the Geometrically Frustrated Pyrochlore, Tb2Ti2O7
    J S Gardner, S Dunsiger, B D Gaulin, R Kiefl, M D Lumsden, Z Tun, NP Raju, I Swainson and J E Greedan
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 82, 1012 (1999).

  • I’ve published over 120 papers in the past 15 years with an h-index of 25. I’ve also given over 65 talks, many at international conferences.

  • Executive board member of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
  • In 2011, I co-directed the first frustrated magnetism meeting at the International Institute of Physics, Natal.
  • In 2010, I co-organized and participated in the fifth international conference Highly Frustrated Magnetism.
  • In 2008 named a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK)