We study a variety of materials, such as high-temperature superconductors, topological insulators, and quantum materials at atomically thin limit. By probing their interactions with electromagnetic radiation, ranging from x-rays, to the ultraviolet, and into the microwave regime, we gain insight into the underlying physics governing the emergent properties in these condensed matter systems.
Our current research involves the study of emergent properties in quantum materials. Our primary experimental tool is angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), but we also perform experiments using resonant x-ray scattering and near-field microwave microscopy techniques. Our research also involves the exploration of materials inspired by energy applications, such as photon-enhanced thermionic emission and novel diamondoids for lighting and field emission.
Dr. Shen is the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences, and a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University. He is also the Advisor for Science and Technology of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and a member of the advisory committee of the Joint Center of Energy Storage Research. Over the last two decades, he has mentored more than fifty graduate students and postdoctoral associates. About thirty of them are now faculty members of research universities around the world.