• Changhee Sohn (손창희)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Condensed Matter Physics Experiment
  • Current Research Interests

    New correlated phenomena by the relativistic spin-orbit coupling in quantum materials

    • Exotic magnetism including all-in/all-out ordering in pyrochlores and quantum spin liquids in honeycomb oxides.
    • Two-dimensional magnetism in heterostructures
    • Metal-insulator transitions driven by the spin-orbit coupling and correlations
    • Unconventional spin-charge-orbital-lattice coupling in heavy-element systems
    • Topologically nontrivial states such as topological insulator, quantum anomalous Hall insulator, and skyrmions.


    Functional materials design by atomic control

    • Development of new synthesize methodologies for multifunctional materials
    • Transition metal oxide heterostructures for topological phenomena and spintronic applications
    • New magnetic phenomena such as flexomagnetism in heavy-element magnetic heterostructures
    • Charge transfer and relevant phenomena at oxide interfaces
    • Artificial multiferroicity with heavy-element ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials


    Light & matter interactions

    • Spectroscopic investigation on low-energy excitation and relevant emergent phenomena in strongly correlated & heavy-element systems
    • Band gap engineering on thin films & nano structures
    • Development of new material systems for smart window, photovoltaics, transparent conductor, and other light-related applications.
  • Biographical Sketch
    • B.S. in Physics (2010), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
    • Ph.D. in Physics (2015), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
      – Dissertation: “Optical spectroscopic studies on the electronic structures coupled to lattice/spin degrees of freedom in 5d transition metal oxides”
      – Advisor: Prof. Tae Won Noh
    • Postdoctoral research associate in the Group of Dr. Ho Nyung Lee (2016 – 2019)
      – Materials Science and Technology division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, UNIST (2019 – )
  • Selected Publications
    • Room-temperature ferromagnetic insulating state in highly cation-ordered double perovskite Sr2Fe1+xRe1-xO6 films, Advanced Materials 31, 1805389 (2019), selected for front cover image.
    • Strong spin-phonon coupling mediated by single ion anisotropy in the all-in–all-out pyrochlore magnet Cd2Os 2O7, Physical Review Letters 118, 117201 (2017).
    • Optical spectroscopy studies of the Metal-insulator transition driven by all-in/all-out magnetic ordering in 5d pyrochlore Cd2Os2O7 , Physical Review Letters 115, 266402 (2015).
    • Orbital-dependent polaron formation in the relativistic Mott insulator Sr2IrO4, Physical Review B 90, 041105(R) (2014), selected by editor’s suggestion.