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Kate A. Ross


  • Fellow
  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Materials




Kate Ross’s group studies quantum magnetism as realized in materials with frustrated lattice geometries.

The group aims to produce exotic states of matter arising from many-body quantum entanglement of spins. Their main technique for characterization of these quantum materials is inelastic neutron scattering, which reveals the quasi-particle excitations from these phases and can be compared accurately to theory.


  • DOE Early Career award, 2018
  • Oxford Instruments Lee Osheroff Richardson Prize, 2018
  • American Physical Society 2016 George E. Valley Jr. Prize, 2017
  • Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award, 2014

Relevant Publications

  • H.S. Nair, J.M. Brown, E. Coldren, G. Hester, M.P. Gelfand, A. Podlesnyak, Q. Huang, K.A. Ross. “Short range order in the quantum XXZ honeycomb lattice material BaCo2(PO4)2.” Phys. Rev. B 97, 134409 (2018)
  • K.A. Ross, J.M. Brown, R.J. Cava, J.W. Krizan, S. E. Nagler, J.A. Rodriguez-Rivera, and M. B. Stone. “Single-ion properties of the S = 1/2 XY antiferromagnetic pyrochlores, NaA’Co2F7 (A’ = Ca2+, Sr2+).” Phys. Rev. B 95, 144414 [Editor’s suggestion] (2017)
  • K. A. Ross, Y. Qiu, J. R. D. Copley, H. A. Dabkowska, B. D. Gaulin. “Order by Disorder Spin Wave Gap in the XY Pyrochlore Magnet Er2Ti2O7.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 057201 (2014)
  • L. Savary, K.A. Ross, B.D. Gaulin, J.P.C. Ruff, L. Balents. “Order by Quantum Disorder in Er2Ti2O7.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 (16), 167201 (2012)
  • K.A. Ross, L. Savary, B. D. Gaulin, and L. Balents. “Quantum Excitations in Quantum Spin Ice.” Phys. Rev. X 1, 021002 (2011).

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