Ben Huddart - Research Fellow

University of Durham

Dr Ben Huddart joined the Skyrmion Project in April 2020 after completing a PhD in Physics and Postdoc at Durham University.

Ben works under the supervision of Professor Tom Lancaster and Professor Peter Hatton at Durham University to investigate skyrmion-hosting hosting systems using facilities-based experimental techniques, including muon-spin spectroscopy and x-ray scattering. .

Ben continues to develop techniques involving the calculation of muon stopping sites in condensed matter using density functional theory, which formed the basis of his PhD work. These calculations have enabled additional insight to be gained from muon-spin spectroscopy experiments on a range of systems exhibiting magnetism and related phenomena, with a recent highlight being the demonstration that the magnetic fields detected in several unconventional superconductors are intrinsic to the system itself, and not the result of a muon-induced distortion [1]. .

[1] B. M. Huddart et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 237002 (2021).