Professor Steve Bramwell

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Research interests:

Neutron Scattering
Statistical Mechanics


Steve Bramwell graduated from Oxford with a degree in Chemistry in 1984, then held positions in Oxford and Grenoble, before joining UCL in 1997. Formerly a Professor of Physical Chemistry, he is now in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. Alongside his 1997 discovery and naming of of spin ice (with MJ Harris), he is known for his calculation of β = 0.23, a key critical exponent for magnetic films (with PCW Holdsworth, 1993) and a probability distribution named after him (the Bramwell-Holdsworth-Pinton Distribution, 1998). He was awarded  the 2010 Holweck Prize of the Britsh Institue of Physics and the French Societe de Physique,  to recognise his work on model magnets, and he was the co-recipient of the 2012 European Physical Society CMD Europhysics Prize for the discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ice. His discovery of "magnetricity" in spin ice was reconginsed by the Times Higher Research project of the Year, 2010 and he appeared on The Times's 2010 list of the 100 most important UK scientists. He presented the 2012 Wohlfarth Lecture of the IOP

Memberships : 

Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Thomas Young Centre - the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials

Research Highlights

The first thin films of spin ice. The orange colouration is a spin ice film of o
Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of...
Artist’s impression of a hot gas of magnetic monopoles in very cold surroundings
Many of the most interesting things in nature - from spectacular lightning strikes to the subtlety of life itself - are...
Simulated correlation function for thermally excited charge pairs in a strong el
Computer simulations have revealed how the electrical conductivity of many materials increases with a strong electrical...
Brownian motion and quantum dynamics of magnetic monopoles in spin ice: A schema
In this week’s edition of Nature Communications, Dr. Laura Bovo and co-workers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology...
monopole dimers in spin ice
Magnetic monopoles - the magnetic version of a charged particle like electrons or protons - have recently been shown to...
Capacitor effect for magnetic monopoles in spin ice
Researchers at the LCN have created a purely magnetic version of one of the basic effects of electronics - the storage and...
Critical properties throughout science are popularly associated with heavy tailed distributions, but experimental evidence...
Rare-earth pyrochlores are materials of the type R2X2O7, where R is a rare-earth element and X is a transition metal. At low...

Lecture Course: Thermal Physics PHAS1228 to UCL's  first year physics and natural science students. 

General News

LCN researchers Professors Steven Bramwell and Rachel McKendry have each been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. These awards, jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), aim to provide universities with additional...