James L Erskine

Department of Physics

Trull Centennial Professor in Physics #2

Experimental solid-state physics; thin film magnetism; surface physics; applications of synchrotron radiation

Phone: 512-471-1464

Office Location
RLM 13.212

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
1 University Station C1600
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., University of Washington (1973)

Research Interests

Experimental solid-state physics; thin film magnetism; surface physics; applications of synchrotron radiation.

Our research group studies structural, electronic, magnetic, and vibrational properties of bulk materials, surfaces and thin films. We use a broad range of experimental methods including electron spectroscopy, elastic and inelastic electron scattering, and optical techniques including microscopy and polarimetry based on the magneto-optic Kerr effect. We also use synchrotron radiation, primarily for photoemission spectroscopy.

Over 140 articles in refereed journals on topics of solid state physics, surface physics, magnetism, optical properties, thin films and interfaces, electron optics, applications of synchrotron radiation, spin distributions, and dynamics in microstructured magnetic material.

Selected Publications

G.S.D. Beach, C. Knutson, M. Tsoi, and J.L. Erskine, "Field- and current-driven domain wall dynamics: An experimental picture," J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 310, 2038 (2007).

D. Lacina and J.L. Erskine, "Temperature-dependent multilayer relaxation of clean and hydrogen-dosed Nb(100)," Phys. Rev. B 76, 104103 (2007).

D. Lacina, J. Yang, and J.L. Erskine, "Multilayer relaxation and search for ferromagnetic order at the (100) surface of bulk paramagnetic vanadium," Phys. Rev. B 75, 195423 (2007).

S.Q. Yang and J.L. Erskine, "Spin-transfer-torque-driven domin-wall dynamics in Permalloy nanowires," Phys. Rev. B 75, 220403(R) (2007).

G.S.D. Beach, M. Tsoi, and J.L. Erskine, "Current-induced domain wall motion," J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 320, 1272 (2008).
J. Yang, C. Nistor, G.S.D. Beach, and J.L. Erskine, "Magnetic domain-wall velocity oscillations in permalloy nanowires," Phys. Rev. B 77, 014413 (2008).

S.A. Yang, G.S.D. Beach, C. Knutson, D. Xiao, Q. Niu, M. Tsoi, and J.L. Erskine, "Universal Electromotive Force Induced by Domain Wall Motion," Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 067201 (2009).

X. Zhou and J. L. Erskine, "Surface core-level shifts at vicinal tungsten surfaces," Phys. Rev. B 79 155422 (2009).