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David G. Hawthorn Condensed matter physicist

David Hawthorn is an expert in experimental condensed matter studies, specifically using X-ray scattering and spectroscopy to investigate high-temperature superconductors and other quantum materials. His recent research highlights include the invention of a new method for measuring the absorption of x-rays in materials; the development of an instrument for resonant x-ray scattering at the Canadian Light Source; and investigations of charge-density wave order in high-temperature superconductors using resonant X-ray scattering.

Relevant Publications

A. J. Achkar et al, "Impact of quenched oxygen disorder on charge density wave order in YBa2Cu3O6+x," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 113, pp. 107002, 2014.

A. J. Achkar et al, "Resonant X-Ray Scattering Measurements of a Spatial Modulation of the Cu 3d and O 2p Energies in Stripe-Ordered Cuprate Superconductors," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 110, pp. 017001, 2013.

A. J. Achkar et al, "Distinct charge orders in the planes and chains of ortho-III ordered YBa2Cu3O6+δ superconductors identified by resonant elastic x-ray scattering," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 109, pp. 167001, 2012.

D. G. Hawthorn et al, "An in-vacuum diffractometer for resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering," Rev. Sci. Instrum., vol. 82, pp. 073104, 2011.

A. J. Achkar et al, "Bulk Sensitive X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Free of Self-Absorption Effects," Phys. Rev. B., vol. 83, pp. 081006R, 2011.



Fellow Quantum Materials


University of WaterlooDepartment of Physics


PhD University of Toronto

MSc University of Toronto

BSc McMaster University



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