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Senior Lecturer

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Room 418
Phone numbers
7987 (Office)
64 3 479 7987 (Office Direct Dial)

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I began my studies at the Australian National University in 1999. Upon graduating with my PhD in 2006, I joined the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2008 I moved to the Technical University of Dresden, where I had a very productive and enjoyable five-year appointment. I moved to the University of Maryland in the USA in 2013 for a third postdoc, before accepting a Lecturer position at the University of Otago, where I started in September 2015.

The physics of the solid state offers an amazing variety of quantum phenomena. Amongst the most exotic is superconductivity - the ability of material to conduct electricity without resistance. I am currently interested in the physics of so-called "unconventional" superconductors, which have properties that cannot be explained by the Nobel-prize-winning 1955 theory of Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer. I am particularly interested in the interplay of superconductivity with spin-orbit coupling, which is a ubiquitous feature of solid state systems. In some cases, this coupling is so strong that it can force the electrons to behave as if they are in fact spin-3/2 particles. Together with my collaborators, I have already identified a number of systems where this could lead to highly unusual superconducting states.


Kim, H., Tanatar, M. A., Kończykowski, M., Grasset, R., Kaluarachchi, U. S., Teknowijoyo, S., … Brydon, P. M. R., … Prozorov, R. (2024). Nodal superconductivity in miassite Rh17S15. Communications Materials, 5, 17. doi: 10.1038/s43246-024-00456-w Journal - Research Article

Hackner, N. A., & Brydon, P. M. R. (2023). Bardasis-Schrieffer-like phase mode in a superconducting bilayer. Physical Review B, 108, L220505. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.108.L220505 Journal - Research Article

Suh, H. G., Yu, Y., Shishidou, T., Weinert, M., Brydon, P. M. R., & Agterberg, D. F. (2023). Superconductivity of anomalous pseudospin in nonsymmorphic materials. Physical Review Research, 5(3), 033204. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.5.033204 Journal - Research Article

Brydon, P., Agterberg, D. F., & Cavanagh, D. C. (2023). Pair-breaking in superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, TT07.00006. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Zhu, Y., Hackner, N. A., & Brydon, P. (2023). Impurity bound states in spin-orbit-coupled superconductors. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, N27.00012. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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