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Doug Bonn Condensed matter physics

Doug Bonn’s main area of research is the study of high temperature superconductors, particularly their electromagnetic properties at microwave frequencies. The screening and absorption of electromagnetic radiation at these low frequencies provide some of the key means of probing the pairing state of electrons in superconductors, and the excitations out of that superconducting groundstate. These measurements have provided key information on the d-wave pairing state of the 93 Kelvin superconductor YBCO and continue to reveal new phenomena as we develop samples of increasing perfection and doping control. The materials aspect of the research program at UBC also connects Bonn and his colleagues to numerous other experiments worldwide. The ultimate motivation of this program is to help understand the origin of high temperature superconductivity, a major unsolved problem in condensed matter physics. Closely connected to this is a program of research aimed at the application of the high temperature superconductors in wireless communications. This work on high Tc superconductors is part of a broad collaboration at UBC (Hardy, Liang, Carolan, Brewer, Kiefl, Eldridge) and with other researchers throughout North America. The preparation of state-of-the-art crystals of high Tc superconductors has placed this group at the forefront of research into the fundamental properties of these materials, involving these individuals in numerous collaborations with researchers who make use of materials grown at UBC.


CAP Brockhouse Medal, 2012.

Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies, Technical University of Munich, 2008-2010.

NSERC Brockhouse Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, 2006.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2005.

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2003.

BC Science and Technology Award, 2000.

UBC Killam Research Prize, 2000.

CAP Herzberg Medal, 1997.

Relevant Publications

M. Li, N. R. Lee-Hone, S. Chi, R. Liang, W. N. Hardy, D. A. Bonn, E. Girt and D. M. Broun. "Superfluid density and microwave conductivity of FeSe superconductor: ultra-long-lived quasiparticles and extended s-wave energy gap", New Journal of Physics 18, 082001, 2016.

P. Bourgeois-Hope, S. Chi, D. A. Bonn, R. Liang, W. N. Hardy, T. Wolf, C. Meingast, N. Doiron-Leyraud, and L. Taillefer, "Thermal Conductivity of the Iron-Based Superconductor FeSe: Nodeless Gap with a Strong Two-Band Character", Phys. Rev. Lett. 117. 197003, 2016.

R. Comin, R. Sutarto, E. H. da Silva Neto, L. Chauviere, R. Liang, W. N. Hardy, D. A. Bonn, F. He, G. A. Sawatzky, A. Damascelli, "Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+y", Science 347, 1335-1339, 2015.

S. Chi. et al, "Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Superconducting LiFeAs Single Crystals: Evidence for Two Nodeless Energy Gaps and Coupling to a Bosonic Mode," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 109, pp. 087002, 2012.



Senior Fellow Quantum Materials


University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Physics


PhD (Physics) McMaster University

B.Sc. (Physics) McMaster University



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