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About Us

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 current research involves the study of complex material systems. Most notable among these are the strongly correlated electron systems, materials at low dimension and materials with strong spin-orbit coupling, such as the high-temperature superconductors, Mott insulators, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, and topological materials. We study these systems by probing their interactions with electromagnetic radiation, ranging from x-rays, to the ultraviolet, and into the microwave regime. We developed advanced photon based scientific instrumentation. Our research also involves exploration of materials inspired by applications, such as novel diamondoids for lighting, field emission, and photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE).

Tools & Facilities

Our primary experimental tool is angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), but we also perform x-ray absorption and emission measurements. Recently, 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.