X-ray Laboratory for Research on Periodic Quantum Materials


Welcome to the Frano X Lab (a.k.a The X-ray Laboratory for Research on Periodic Quantum Materials). Based at the University of California, San Diego near the sunny beaches of La Jolla, CA, our group studies the fascinating properties of materials with strongly correlated electrons. We are interested in investigating long-range periodicities in the spin, charge, and orbital quantum states observed in transition-metal-oxide films, superlattices, heterostructures and single crystals. To explore these spatially periodic behaviors we operate in Fourier space by performing modern x-ray scattering experiments at synchrotrons around the world. Feel free to explore our website for more information.


Brandon Gunn joins the group!

U.S. Department of Energy funds an EFRC to study quantum materials for neuromorphic computing

Alex serves in the editorial board of the Honduran Journal of Physics

The Process

how is it done?

Imagine It

  • Determine material components of heterostructure
  • Grow it using PLD
  • Characterize the sample here at UCSD using x rays and other in-house facilities

Synchrotron It

  • Apply for beam time
  • Bring sample to the synchrotron
  • Use synchrotron x rays to characterize material and discover new periodicities

Write It

  • Analyze the data
  • Python, Matlab, Mathematica
  • Write and share our discoveries



Publication highlights:


Alex Frano

Principal Investigator

Curriculum Vitae

Brandon Gunn

Graduate Physicist

Anthony Allen

Undergraduate Physicist

Expected Graduation: Spring 2019

Taylor Sanders

Undergraduate Physicist

Expected Graduation: Spring 2019

Ashley Nicole Warner

Undergraduate Physicist

Expected Graduation: Fall 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Open Positions and Contacts

We are currently looking for talented, motivated and creative graduate students and postdocs. If you are interested, please send an email to: afrano physics [dot] ucsd [dot] edu
Likewise, if you have any questions about our research, or about condensed matter physics, please email us!


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