Simon Brown

ProfessorSimon Brown

Physics 610.3
Internal Phone: 94255


Research Interests

My main research interest is in the properties of nanometre scale particles (called 'atomic clusters') and in developing ways of building nano-electronic devices from these clusters. My group are currently working on cluster-based devices with applications ranging from chemical sensors to magnetic field sensors to transistors. We also have a unique apparatus for studying unusual atomic arrangements within these particles, including 5-fold symmetric structures forbidden in ordinary crystals.

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Nande A., Fostner S., Grigg J., Smith A., Temst K., Bael MJV. and Brown SA. (2017) Quantum fluctuations in percolating superconductors: An evolution with effective dimensionality. Nanotechnology 28(16): 165704.
  • Fostner S. and Brown SA. (2015) Neuromorphic behavior in percolating nanoparticle films. Physical Review E 92(5): 052134.
  • Kowalczyk P., Mahapatra O., Belic D., Brown S., Bian G. and Chiang T-C. (2015) Origin of the moire pattern in thin Bi films deposited on HOPG.
  • Bian G., Wang X., Miller T., Chiang T-C., Kowalczyk PJ., Mahapatra O. and Brown SA. (2014) First-principles and spectroscopic studies of Bi(110) films: Thickness-dependent Dirac modes and property oscillations. Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics 90(19) ARTN 195409
  • Fostner S., Brown R., Carr J. and Brown SA. (2014) Continuum percolation with tunneling. Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics 89(7) ARTN 075402