Dr. Russell’s research focuses on the quantum electronic and optical properties of graphene.
He is currently working to create graphene-based far-infrared and terahertz single-photon detectors, which have potential applications in astrophysics and the search for axion dark matter. His interests also include optical and electronic measurements of electrons confined to two dimensions and subjected to low temperatures and intense magnetic fields, broadband infrared spectroscopy, and instrumentation development.
Henriksen Lab, Washington University in St. Louis, MO — 2014 - Present
Working with Dr. Erik Henriksen I have designed and constructed a system for performing broadband Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and electronic transport measurements on microscopic samples inside a dilution refrigerator and in high magnetic fields. To date this system has been used to explore the contribution of electron-electron interactions to the cyclotron resonance energies of high-mobility encapsulated graphene, infrared photoresponses in monolayer graphene, and cyclotron resonance in bilayer graphene.
HAWC Collaboration, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI — May - August 2012
Working with members of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center and using data from the Fermi 2FGL and TeVCat catalogues, I assisted in simulating the expected detector response of the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-ray Observatory (HAWC) to gamma ray-bright astrophysical point sources. This work was funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Wisconsin - Madison as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
Tinsley Lab, Hendrix College, Conway, AR — 2010 - 2012
Under the direction of Dr. Todd Tinsley I assisted in the theoretical and computational development of a Landau level-dependent model for the production rate of electron-positron pairs induced by neutrinos in magnetic fields characteristic of type-II supernovae. This work was
funded by NASA and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium.