Tula R Paudel (2020)

Assistant Professor

Physics (PHYS)


Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University



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Research Expertise

The group uses first-principles density functional theory to calculate electronic structure, phonon structure, and magnon structure of novel materials that are useful for various applications: nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, energy harvesting, and storage. We also study the surface and interfaces, searching electronic states that appear due to symmetry lowering and drive the exciting functionality not available in the bulk of the materials. This study's overarching goal is to understand the materials at the microscopic level and interactions that drive the mesoscale phenomena such as domains that appear in the ferroelectric and magnetic materials and use this understanding for materials design. The group collaborates with experimental groups around the world to develop a complete understanding of the material system. We are currently interested in studying complex oxide and their heterostructures, layered two-dimensional materials, and tunneling transport through them and Magnetic alloys.

Brief Bio

PhD Condensed Matter Physics from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, 2009
Post-M.Sc. Diploma Condensed Matter Physics form International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy, 2004
M.Sc. Physics, Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2001

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 2020-
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2015-2020
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2011-2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 2009-2011


Physics Courses taught/mentored: General Physics I, General Physics II, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory I and Physics and Chemistry of Solids at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Course Listing Summer 2020 PHYS 898D Dissertation Fall 2020 PHYS 898D Dissertation

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