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Welcome to the Shen Laboratory

We focus on the emergent properties of quantum materials, and the development of novel instrumentation to investigate them.

We study a variety of materials, such as high-temperature superconductors, topological insulators, and quantum materials at the atomically thin limit. By probing their interaction with electromagnetic radiation—ranging from x-rays to the ultraviolet, and into the microwave regime—we gain deeper insights into the underlying physics governing their emergent properties.

Our People

Dr. Shen is the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Departments, and a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. He is the Advisor for Science and Technology of SLAC and a member of the faculty advisory board of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford. He has mentored about one hundred graduate students and postdocs, with their career paths approximately 50–50 split between faculty members of research universities, as well as positions in industry and national laboratories.

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Quantum Materials

Our current research involves the study of emergent properties in quantum materials, particularly strongly correlated electron systems such as the cuprate and iron-based unconventional superconductors, as well as topological and 2D materials, and thin films.

While our primary experimental tool is angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we also perform experiments using resonant x-ray scattering and near-field microwave microscopy techniques.

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Selected Publications

The Shen group has made important contributions to our understanding of quantum materials and development of cutting edge instrumentation for over 30 years. A history of our highlights are displayed below, and a complete list of our publications may be found here.

Visualization of an axion insulating state at the transition between 2 chiral quantum anomalous Hall states PNAS 116, 29 (2019)
Rapid change of superconductivity and electron-phonon coupling through critical doping in Bi2212 Science 362, 6410 (2018)
Role of the orbital degree of freedom in iron-based superconductors (review) Nature 2, 57 (2017)
Interfacial mode coupling as the origin of the enhancement of Tc in FeSe films on SrTiO3 Nature 515, 245 (2014)
Symmetry-breaking orbital anisotropy observed for detwinned Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 above the SDW transition PNAS 108 (17) 6878 (2011)
E vs k relations and many body effects in the model insulating cuprate Sr2122 PRL 74, 964 (1995)