Simon Brown

ProfessorSimon Brown

Beatrice Tinsley 417
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 - we are focused on neuromorphic computing ("a computer chip that thinks like the brain"). We also have a the only scanning tunneling microscope in NZ. This allows us to study novel nanostructures with atomic scale precision - we focus on topological instlators and related materials.

Recent Publications

  • Kowalczyk PJ., Brown SA., Maerkl T., Lu Q., Chiu CK., Liu Y., Yang SA., Wang X., Zasada I. and Genuzio F. (2020) Realization of Symmetry-Enforced Two-Dimensional Dirac Fermions in Nonsymmorphic α-Bismuthene. ACS Nano 14(2): 1888-1894.
  • Le Ster M., Chan JR., Ruck BJ., Brown SA. and Natali F. (2020) Removable capping layer for air-sensitive GdN. Nanotechnology 31(27)
  • Le Ster M., Märkl T. and Brown SA. (2020) Moiré patterns: A simple analytical model. 2D Materials 7(1)
  • Pike MD., Bose SK., Mallinson JB., Acharya SK., Shirai S., Galli E., Weddell SJ., Bones PJ., Arnold MD. and Brown SA. (2020) Atomic scale dynamics drive brain-like avalanches in percolating nanostructured networks. Nano Letters 20(5): 3935-3942.
  • Berg AI., Brivio S., Brown S., Burr G., Deswal S., Deuermeier J., Gale E., Hwang H., Ielmini D. and Indiveri G. (2019) Synaptic and neuromorphic functions: general discussion.. Faraday Discuss 213(0): 553-578.

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