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Thom Mason receives honorary doctorate from McMaster University.

June 1st, 2013

Dr. Thom Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, received an honorary degree from McMaster, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in scientific leadership. Thom was the first graduate student that Bruce worked with at the beginning of his career as a faculty member at McMaster. His PhD from 1990 is entitled “Critical Behaviour of CsMnBr3”.

Katharina Fritsch and Pat Clancy give invited talks at the “Four Corners” Meeting at the Perimeter Institute.

April 2nd, 2013

Katharina gave an invited talk on her recent work on the very low temperature behaviour of Tb2Ti2O7, while (now Gaulin alumnus) Pat gave an invited talk on his recent x-ray scattering and absorption spectroscopic studies of classes of iridium-based magnets. Both excellent talks!

Edwin Kermarrec joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow.

January 1st, 2013

Edwin joins the group after completing his PhD at Universite Paris-Sud, with Philippe Mendels and Fabrice Bert. Edwin’s PhD focused mainly on NMR and muSR studies on Kagome’ magnets. Welcome Edwin!

SANS for Nanostructured Materials wins full CFI funding!

December 31st, 2012

The project to build a new and modern small angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, has been fully funded for $7.5M from CFI and ORF. This project, led by Bruce Gaulin, will complete construction and commissioning in ~ 4 years. Some 10 co-applicants and 30-50 additional user groups will exploit this unique infrastructure to solve important problems related to nanostructure in materials.

Bruce Gaulin completes four year term as President of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA).

December 31st, 2012

Bruce ends his four year term as President of the NSSA, and becomes Past-President for the 2013 calendar year. The NSSA (http://neutronscattering.org/) is an ~ 1200 member organization which advocates for, educates and celebrates achievement in neutron science in North America. The NSSA organizes the biannual American Conference on Neutron Scattering, which will be held next (2014) in Knoxville. Bruce was the first (and still only!) President of the NSSA elected from an institution outside of the USA. He is succeeded by Dr. Stephan Rosenkranz (ANL). Also of note, Bruce’s former (1999) PhD student, Dr. Mark Lumsden (ORNL) is elected as Communications Secretary of NSSA.

2nd Year Undergrad Miles Couchman takes 3rd Place Prize at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference at UBC.

October 1st, 2012

Miles takes 3rd Place in the Best Presentation in Condensed Matter Physics at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference, a remarkable achievement for a 2nd year undergraduate researcher!

Kate Ross successfully defends her PhD thesis.

September 15th, 2012

Kate defends her PhD thesis entitled: Neutron Scattering Studies of the Quantum Spin Ice Material Yb2Ti2O7. She then takes up a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and NIST, working with Prof. Collin Broholm. Congratulations Kate!

Dalini Maharaj joins the group as an MSc student.

September 1st, 2012

Dalini begins her MSc following her successful undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Welcome Dalini!

Dr. Makoto Tachibana joins the group as a sabbatical visitor.

July 1st, 2012

Makoto begins a two year sabbatical visit in our group. He is a staff scientist at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan. Welcome Makoto!

New NSERC CREATE program on “Neutron Science and Engineering of Functional Materials” is funded and operating!

June 30th, 2012

This new NSERC program is led by Prof. David Cory at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. Bruce Gaulin is the McMaster lead scientist of this educational program, with significant links to several neutron scattering sources worldwide, and especially to NIST.

Kate Ross goes on an invited lecture tour!

June 21st, 2012

Kate gave invited seminars related to her PhD thesis work on Quantum Spin Ice at the Conference on Geometrically-Frustrated Magnets, International Institute of Physics, Natal, Brazil (Dec. 2011); Four Corners Meeting, Perimeter Institute (May 2012); the 2012 CAP annual congress at the University of Calgary (June 2012); the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB (Oct. 2012); and the Workshop on Synchrotron and Neutron Scattering Applications at High Magnetic Fields, ESRF, Grenoble, France (Oct. 2012).

HFM 2012 is a great success!

June 9th, 2012

A very lively 2012 International Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism was held at McMaster and attended by a capacity international audience of 230 attendees, who participated in the weeklong event. Bruce Gaulin was HFM 2012 Conference Chair, while Leon Balents (KITP, UCSB) and Zenji Hiroi (U Tokyo) chaired the Program Committee. The next HFM, HFM 2014 will be held at Cambridge University in the UK (http://hfm2014.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/index.html).

HFM to be hosted at McMaster University in 2012

January 15th, 2012

The International Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism (HFM) is to be hosted at McMaster University in June 2012.  Details for registration and abstract submission can be found at http://www.hfm2012.com/

Undergraduate researcher Casey Marjerrison wins best poster prize at CUPC

October 21st, 2011

Casey's poster on the crystal growth of Vanadium based oxides won first prize at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference.  Congratulations Casey!

Jimin Zhang joins group as MSc student

September 1st, 2011

Welcome to the group, Jimin!

Jeremy Carlo moves on to faculty position

September 1st, 2011

Jeremy Carlo, a post doctoral researcher working with Bruce and formerly stationed at Chalk River, has been hired as Faculty at Villanova University.  Congratulations Jeremy!

Pat Clancy receives Banting Fellowship

September 1st, 2011

Pat Clancy, a Gaulin group alumus, has been awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, issued by the government of Canada.  Pat is holding this fellowship at  the University of Toronto.  Congratulations and well done, Pat!

MAD is operational

April 1st, 2011

The new neutron spectrometer (MAD) is officially operational at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.  This instrument is being actively used by groups at University of Toronto, University of Winnipeg, and McMaster.  Please contact Bruce for information about using MAD.

Pat Clancy and Kate Ross give Invited Talks at the 2011 APS March Meeting in Dallas

March 21st, 2011

Grad students Pat Clancy and Kate Ross both gave prestigious Invited Talks at the 2011 APS March Meeting in Dallas, Texas.  Pat talked about "Neutron Scattering Studies of the S=1/2 Triangular Lattice Magnets NaNiO2 and LiNiO2" while Kate talked about "From Two Dimensional Correlations to a Disordered Ground State in the XY Pyrochlore, Yb2Ti2O7". Way to go Pat and Kate!

Pat Clancy successfully defends Ph.D.

December 3rd, 2010

Pat has been a student with Bruce since starting his M.Sc. in 2004. His Ph.D. thesis is titled "X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies of Unconventional Spin-Peierls Systems". He is moving on to a Post Doctoral position at the University of Toronto, with Young June Kim (http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~yjkim/).  Congratulations Pat!

McMaster Neutron Scatterers Win Prizes from the Canadian Association of Physicists

June 11th, 2010

In the student paper competition at the most recent CAP congress, Kate Ross and Patrick Clancy won 3rd and 1st place, respectively, in the division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  Clare Armstrong (supervised by Prof. Maikel Rheinstadter at McMaster University)  won first place in the division of Medical and Biological Physics.  The first place winners then went head-to-head in the finals, with Clare claiming first place and Patrick second overall. 


Jacob Ruff successfully defends PhD

May 25th, 2010

On April 23rd, Jacob successfully defended his thesis, entitled "Competing interactions in rare-earth pyrochlore magnets: Insights from x-rays and neutrons".  Jacob is now a Director's Fellow at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab.   


New neutron spectrometer due for completion at MNR

March 18th, 2010

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) is located just steps from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This 3MW reactor is now home to a brand new neutron spectrometer that will be used by Bruce's group for material characterization. Development of this instrument began about 4 years ago, and the efforts of Bruce Gaulin, Mel Potter (of Chalk River Laboratories), Pat Clancy, Katharina Fritsch, Greg van Gastel and John Paul Castellan (of Argonne National Lab) are now due to come to completion at the end of March. This is an exciting moment in the history of neutron scattering at the reactor, and of Bruce's group! (see the Facilities page for more information).

Kate Ross returns from research visit to Japan

February 27th, 2010

Kate returned from a 10 day visit to Japan where she visited with our collaborator, Prof. Hiroyuki Nojiri and his group at Tohoku University, before moving on to the JAEA neutron scattering facilities at Tokai, the SPring8 synchrotron radiation facility at Himeji, and Kyoto. Kate gave talks at JAEA, Tokai and at Kyoto University on "Unexpected Frustration, 2D Spin Correlations, and Field Induced Order in Yb2Ti2O7".

Sara Haravifard successfully defends PhD

January 26th, 2010

Sara started her studies in Bruce's group in 2003 as a Master's student. Her Ph.D. thesis is titled "Neutron Scattering Studies of Low Dimensional Quantum Magnets". She has accepted a post doctorate position at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab (http://www.anl.gov/).

Jacob Ruff chosen for Director's Fellowship at Argonne National Lab

November 5th, 2009

Jacob has accepted the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Lab (http://www.anl.gov/), appointed jointly between the x-ray science and materials science divisions. He will take up this position after defending his PhD thesis in April 2010.

Jeremy Carlo arrives to start new postdoc, joint with CNBC Chalk River

November 1st, 2009

Jeremy started his postdoc in neutron scattering, jointly supervised by Bruce and Zahra Yamani at Chalk River. Jeremy completed his PhD at Columbia University, working with Prof. Tomo Uemura in muSR studies of exotic magnets, metals, and superconductors.

Bruce Gaulin named Director of BIMR

September 1st, 2009

Bruce Gaulin begins his position as Director of the Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research (BIMR). This institute is based a McMaster University, and brings together researchers within the chemistry, physics, and engineering departments who work on materials preparation and characterization.(http://www.brockhouse.mcmaster.ca/).

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