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Welcome to Shen Group at Stanford University!

The members of our group are associated with the Department of Applied Physics, Department of Physics, Department of Electrical Engineering, the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM), the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES), and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).

Research Focus

Our research is centered on the study of quantum materials, most notably strongly correlated electron systems such as cuprate and iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Other materials of interest are spin–orbit coupled systems with non-trivial topological properties, and materials in extreme 2D and 1D limits. We study these systems by probing their interactions with electromagnetic radiation, ranging from x-rays to the ultraviolet, and into the microwave regime. We develop advanced photon based scientific instrumentation. Our research also involves exploration of materials inspired by applications, such as novel diamondoids.

Tools & Facilities

Our primary experimental tool is angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), but we also perform x-ray absorption and scattering measurements. Over the last decade, we have also started experiments using resonant x-ray scattering and near-field microwave microscopy techniques. We help maintain two experimental endstations (Beamline 5-4 & Beamline 5-2) at SSRL, one endstation (Beamline 10.0.1) at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), near the University of California, Berkeley campus. We are also a co-lead of an international consortium to build a k-microscope at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).