Dr Devashibhai Adroja

Dr Adroja is an Individual Merit Scientist and an Instrument Scientist on MERLIN spectrometer at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. He is also a visiting Professor of Physics, Johannesburg University, South Africa. His work is focused on strongly corelated electron systems (SCES) using neutron, muon and x-ray techniques at ISIS, Diamond Light Source and Research Complex. At Research Complex, Adroja is suing x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), to investigate electronic band structure and SEM/EDX to investigate materials compositions of SCES. The SCES are a wide class of materials in condensed matter physics, in which electron-electron interactions are stronger and hence the independent electrons models break down. SCES materials exhibit unusual properties, such as high temperature superconductivity (HTSC), heavy fermion/electron (HF) behaviour in which the effective electron mass is 1000 times the mass of a free electron, metal-insulator transitions, topological superconductivity, quantum spin-liquid, where magnetic moments are  entangled in space and time preventing the formation of a long range magnetic ordered even at zero temperature, and many more. Understanding electron-electron interactions and role of spin-orbital coupling (SOC) in a variety of SCES is a central part of Adroja's research. He has extensive international collaborations with academic partners, both on experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, from all over the world and has written over 400 publications.