Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Solid State Physics



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Will Branford is a Reader in the Experimental Solid State group of the Condensed Matter Physics section of the Physics department. He is part of the management group of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and active in the nanotechnology effort at Imperial.

His main research focus is the interplay between structure, magnetic and electronic properties of materials. His background is in solid state chemistry where the structuring was at the atomic scale. He also makes uses of nanofabrication to form arrays where there is structuring at the nanoscale. Artificial Spin Ice is an example of a magnetic metamaterial whose properties derive from the properties of the nano-units in the array, rather than the material it is made from.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Das PK, Slawinska J, Vobornik I, et al., 2018, Role of spin-orbit coupling in the electronic structure of IrO2, Physical Review Materials, Vol:2, ISSN:2475-9953

Gartside JC, Arroo DM, Burn DM, et al., 2018, Realization of ground state in artificial kagome spin ice via topological defect-driven magnetic writing, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol:13, ISSN:1748-3387, Pages:53-58

Carter-Gartside J, Burn DM, Cohen LF, et al., 2016, A Novel Method for the Injection and Manipulation of Magnetic Charge States in Nanostructures, Scientific Reports, Vol:6, ISSN:2045-2322

Zeissler K, Walton SK, Ladak S, et al., 2013, The non-random walk of chiral magnetic charge carriers in artificial spin ice, Scientific Reports, Vol:3, ISSN:2045-2322

Branford WR, Ladak S, Read DE, et al., 2012, Emerging Chirality in Artificial Spin Ice, Science, Vol:335, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1597-1600

Ladak S, Read D, Tyliszczak T, et al., 2011, Monopole defects and magnetic Coulomb blockade, New Journal of Physics, Vol:13, ISSN:1367-2630

Ladak S, Read DE, Perkins GK, et al., 2010, Direct observation of magnetic monopole defects in an artificial spin-ice material", Nature Physics

Branford W, Yares KA, Barkhoudaroy E, et al., 2009, Coexistence of Universal and Topological Anomalous Hall Effects in Metal CrO(2) Thin Films in the Dirty Limit, Physical Review Letters, Vol:102

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