Prof. Stephen Lee

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Hard Condensed Matter
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463143
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

Microscopic probes (SANS, 5SR) applied to superconducting and magnetic systems (see below).

Superconductivity:  magnetic-superconducting hybrid systems, vortex matter, mesoscopic systems, thin films and multilayers

Magnetism: magnetic structures of single crystals, multilayers, including magnetic-superconductor interfaces and magnetic recording media, artificial spin-ice systems, lithographically defined nanomagnetic systems.

Neutron Scattering: small angle scattering (SANS), polarised neutron reflectometry (PNR), powder and four axis magnetic crystallography.

Muon spin rotation/relaxation: particularly for vortex structures in superconductors. Low energy muon spin rotation/relaxation in superconducting and magnetic multilayers.


Level 2:  PH2011 Lectures in Mechanics (18 lectures)

Level 3:  PH3012 Lecture course in Thermal and Statistical Physics (15 lectures, 50% of course, 4 tutuorial groups).

Level 4: PH4039 Solid State Physics  (27 lectures, 3-4 tutorial groups).

Administration: Examination Officer for all courses at all 5 levels of Physics and Astronomy

Research outputs

  1. Characterisation of size distribution and positional misalignment of nanoscale islands by small-angle X-ray scattering DOI
    Georg Heldt, Philip Thompson, Rajesh V. Chopdekar, Joachim Kohlbrecher, Stephen Lee, Laura J. Heyderman and Thomas Thomson, Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 1 (2019)
  2. Collective magnetism in an artificial 2D XY spin system DOI
    Naëmi Leo, Stefan Holenstein, Dominik Schildknecht, Oles Sendetskyi, Hubertus Luetkens, Peter M. Derlet, Valerio Scagnoli, Diane Lançon, José R. L. Mardegan, Thomas Prokscha et al., Nature Communications, 9, 1 (2018)
  3. Observation of anomalous Meissner screening in Cu/Nb and Cu/Nb/Co thin films DOI
    M. G. Flokstra, R. Stewart, N. Satchell, G. Burnell, H. Luetkens, T. Prokscha, A. Suter, E. Morenzoni, S. Langridge and S. L. Lee, Physical Review Letters, 120, 24 (2018)
  4. Lead palladium titanate DOI
    Elzbieta Gradauskaite, Jonathan Gardner, Rebecca M. Smith, Finlay D. Morrison, Stephen L. Lee, Ram S. Katiyar and James F. Scott, Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, 96, 10 (2017)
  5. Diverse family of layered frustrated magnets with tailorable interlayer interactions DOI
    Wenjiao Yao, Lucy Clark, Mingjun Xia, Teng Li, Stephen L. Lee and Philip Lightfoot, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 16 , p. 6616-6620 (2017)
  6. Continuously tuneable critical current in superconductor-ferromagnet multilayers DOI
    P. J. Curran, J. Kim, N. Satchell, J. D. S. Witt, G. Burnell, Machiel Geert Flokstra, Stephen Leslie Lee and S. J. Bending, Applied Physics Letters, 110, 26 (2017)
  7. Emergent magnetism at transition-metal–nanocarbon interfaces DOI
    Fatma Al Ma’Mari, Matthew Rogers, Shoug Alghamdi, Timothy Moorsom, Stephen Leslie Lee, Thomas Prokscha, Hubertus Luetkens, Manuel Valvidare, Gilberto Teobaldi, Machiel Geert Flokstra et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114, 22 , p. 5583-5588 (2017)
  8. Control of superconductivity with a single ferromagnetic layer in niobium/erbium bilayers DOI
    N. Satchell, J. D. S. Witt, M. G. Flokstra, S. L. Lee, J. F. K. Cooper, C. J. Kinane, S. Langridge and G. Burnell, Physical Review Applied, 7, 4 (2017)
  9. Silicide induced surface defects in FePt nanoparticle fcc-to-fct thermally activated phase transition DOI
    Shu Chen, Stephen L. Lee and Pascal André, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 417, p. 442-450 (2016)
  10. Dynamical torque in CoxFe3–xO4 nanocube thin films characterized by femtosecond magneto-optics DOI
    Mircea Vomir, Robin Turnbull, Ipek Birced, Pedro Parreira, Donald A MacLaren, Stephen Leslie Lee, Pascal André and Jean-Yves Bigot, Nano Letters, 16, 8 , p. 5291-5297 (2016)
Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 at 10:14