Dr Annette Plaut
Telephone: 01392 724199
Extension: (Streatham) 4199
My research uses magneto-optical techniques, including Raman, photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation, with complementary magnetotransport, to investigate nanostructures from a wide variety of materials. My current focus is on graphene. These measurments, in zero and finite magnetic fields, at room temperature down to millikelvin, probe both the density of states above and below the Fermi energy and excitations - both collective electronic and phononic.
Such versatile, non-destructive measurements reveal information about the states of matter and the effects of external influences such as temperature, light intensity or electric and magnetic fields on these states. The latter allow us to investigate in the quantum Hall regimes and beyond.
For more details see the pages of the Centre for Graphene Science.
Education and Employment
- 1981 - 1984 BSc. Honours: Physics (First Class), University of Southampton, UK
- 1984 - 1988 D.Phil. Physics, University of Oxford, UK
- 1988 - 1990 Post-doctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
- 1990 - 2006 Lecturer, School of Physics, Exeter University, UK
- 1991 - 1992 Science and Engineering Research Council Fellowship, Bellcore, USA
- 1994 & 1995 Leverhulme Trust Research Grant, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA
- 2000, 2001 & 2004 Leverhulme Trust Research Grant, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ &
Columbia University, New York, USA
- 2006 - Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, Exeter University, UK
- 2010 Exeter University Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship, Columbia University, New York
- 2011 Exeter University Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship, Columbia University, New York
- 2012 Exeter University Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship, Columbia University, New York
Invited presentations since Jan 2008:
- "Photoinduced anomalous Hall and circular photogalvanic effects in 2D hole gases in perpendicular magnetic field" Universitdade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, 2008
- "Intrinsic photoinduced anomalous Hall effect and hole g-factor measurements in 2D hole gases" Bath University, UK, 2011
- "Molecular beam growth of graphene films on dielectric substrates" Cambridge University, UK, 2012
Conference session chairing
Conference session chairing since Jan 2008:
- Graphene Synthesis and Characterisation for Applications UK-Japan Workshop, Lake District, UK, 2011
In 2012 I was selected for the The Royal Society Pairing Scheme for MPs, civil servants and scientists. The scheme aims to help MPs and civil servants establish longstanding links with practising research scientists. I was paired with Exeter MP - Ben Bradshaw. Ben wrote, in Total Politics (March 2013), about his visit to Physics and Astronomy at Exeter University that "It was one of the most extraordinary, inspirational and humbling few hours I have spent for many years." He also noted that "But my afternoon at Exeter physics department, meeting people who are working on projects with timelines of several years and policy applications even further into the future, made me realise how short-term and superficial so much of our policy making is, even when it is based on sound evidence." He concludes the article with the words: "A few hours at Exeter University reminded me of the importance of policy makers and scientists working closely together for the long term. We need more scientists at the heart of policy-making and more politicians who know about and understand the importance of science. The Royal Society is onto something very important with this pairing scheme. I couldn’t recommend it more highly."