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Suchitra Sebastian
Cavendish Laboratory
J J Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0HE

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Phone: +44 1223 850481
Fax: +44 1223 337351


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Dr. Suchitra Sebastian


About Me

Suchitra holds an MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad). She moved to the University of Cambridge as a Junior Research Fellow in Physics at Trinity College. Since then she has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a University Lecturer in Physics, and is currently a University Reader in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. Suchitra was named as one of thirty ‘Exceptional Young Scientists’ by the World Economic Forum in 2013 and one of the top ten ‘Next big names in Physics’ by the Financial Times. She received the L’Oreal-UNESCO fellowship for women in science in 2013, among other awards including the Lee-Osheroff-Richardson Prize (2007); Young Scientist Medal in Magnetism (2012); Moseley Medal (2012); Philip Leverhulme Prize (2015); and Brian Pippard Prize (2015).

Research Interests

Suchitra's research interests are in the area of correlated electron systems, particularly in novel materials. Her research focuses on the search for emergent quantum phenomena in a variety of new materials under extreme conditions. Toward this end, single crystals of materials such as rare earth magnets, iron pnictide and cuprate high temperature superconductors, and frustrated quantum magnets are synthesised in the laboratory, and low temperature thermodynamic and transport measurements performed under high applied pressures and large magnetic fields up to 100 T both in-house and in international facilities.

Key Publications

M. Hartstein, W. H. Toews, Y.-T. Hsu, B. Zeng, X. Chen, M. Ciomaga Hatnean, Q. R. Zhang, S. Nakamura, A. S. Padgett, G. Rodway-Gant, J. Berk, M. K. Kingston, G. H. Zhang, M. K. Chan, S. Yamashita, T. Sakakibara, Y. Takano, J.-H. Park, L. Balicas, N. Harrison, N. Shitsevalova, G. Balakrishnan, G. G. Lonzarich, R. W. Hill, M. Sutherland & Suchitra E. Sebastian, "Fermi surface in the absence of a Fermi liquid in the Kondo insulator SmB6". Nature Physics 14, 166–172 (2018).

B. S. Tan, Y. -T. Hsu, B. Zeng, M. Ciomaga Hatnean, N. Harrison, Z. Zhu, M. Hartstein, M. Kiourlappou, A. Srivastava, M. D. Johannes, T. P. Murphy, J. -H. Park, L. Balicas, G. G. Lonzarich, G. Balakrishnan, Suchitra E. Sebastian, "Unconventional Fermi surface in an insulator". Science 349 287 (2015)

B. J. Ramshaw, S. E. Sebastian, R. D. McDonald, James Day, B. S. Tan, Z. Zhu, J. B. Betts, Ruixing Liang, D. A. Bonn, Hardy, and N. Harrison, "Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor". Science 348 (6232) 317 (2015)

Suchitra E. Sebastian, N. Harrison, F. F. Balakirev, M. M. Altarawneh, P. A. Goddard, Ruixing Liang, D. A. Bonn, W. N. Hardy & G. G. Lonzarich, "Normal-state nodal electronic structure in underdoped high-Tc copper oxides". Nature 511 (7507) 61 (2014).

Suchitra E. Sebastian, Neil Harrison and Gilbert G. Lonzarich, "Towards resolution of the Fermi surface in underdoped high-Tc superconductors". Reports on Progress in Physics 75, 102501 (2012).

P. L. Alireza, Y. T. C. Ko, J. Gillett, C. M. Petrone, J. M. Cole, G. G. Lonzarich, and S. E. Sebastian, "Superconductivity up to 29 K in SrFe2As2 and BaFe2As2 at high pressures". Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21(1) 012208 (2009).

S. E. Sebastian, N. Harrison, E. Palm, T. P. Murphy, C. H. Mielke, R. Liang, D. A. Bonn, W. N. Hardy, and G. G. Lonzarich, "A multi-component Fermi surface in the vortex state of an underdoped high-Tc superconductor". Nature 454(7201) 200-203 (2008).

S. E. Sebastian, N. Harrison, P. Sengupta, C. D. Batista, S. Francoual, E. Palm, T. Murphy, N. Marcano, H. A. Dabkowska, and B. D. Gaulin, "Fractalization drives crystalline states in a frustrated spin system". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(51) 20157-20160 (2008).

S. E. Sebastian, N. Harrison, C. D. Batista, L. Balicas, M. Jaime, P. A Sharma, N. Kawashima, and I. R. Fisher, "Dimensional reduction at a quantum critical point". Nature 441(7093) 617-620 (2006).