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Timothy Peterson

PAN 225 (office), 612-301-1964
PAN 283 (lab), 612-626-9371
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I am originally from the Twin Cities area. After graduating with my B.S. in Physics from Bethel University in 2012, I joined the Physics PhD program at the University of Minnesota where I have been working in Professor Paul Crowell's research lab since the summer of 2012. Primarily through electrical transport techniques, I have studied spin-related phenomena in a variety of material systems including combinations of semiconductors, ferromagnets, and non-magnetic metals.

Summary of Interests
spin injection, spin relaxation, 2D spin transport, spin-Hall effect, ferromagnetic resonance, spin pumping, spin transfer torque

Selected Publications

T. A. Peterson, A. P. McFadden, C. J. Palmstrøm, and P. A. Crowell, Influence of the magnetic proximity effect on spin-orbit torque efficiencies in ferromagnet/platinum bilayers, Physical Review B, Rapid Communications

T. A. Peterson, S. J. Patel, C. C. Geppert, K. D. Christie, A. Rath, D. Pennachio, M. E. Flatt´e, P. M. Voyles, C. J. Palmstrøm, and P. A. Crowell, Spin injection and detection up to room temperature in Heusler alloy/n-GaAs spin valves, Physical Review B

C. Liu, S. J. Patel, T. A. Peterson, C. C. Geppert, K. D. Christie, G. Stecklein, C. J. Palmstrøm & P. A. Crowell, Dynamic detection of electron spin accumulation in ferromagnet–semiconductor devices by ferromagnetic resonance, Nature Communications

N. J. Harmon, T. A. Peterson, C. C. Geppert, S. J. Patel, C. J. Palmstrøm, P. A. Crowell, and M. E. Flatt´ e, Anisotropic spin relaxation in n-GaAs from strong inhomogeneous hyperfine fields produced by the dynamical polarization of nuclei, Physical Review B


B.S. Physics, Bethel University 2012