UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Stan Zochowski

Prof Stan Zochowski

Professor of Physics

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1997

Research summary

The particular focus of my work to date has been on the modulated magnetic structures of rare-earth alloys and uranium compounds and the transitions between them. To explore the phase transitions and the coupling between the spin and lattice systems I mostly have been involved with thermal expansion, magnetostriction and neutron scattering measurements.

The work on the rare-earths has involved pure metals such as neodymium, thulium, erbium and dysprosium, rare-earth alloys including the Nd-Pr and Nd-(heavy rare-earth) systems and intermetallic compounds such as NdCu2, HoCo2 and TmCo2. Uranium compounds which have been studied include UPd3, UM2Si2 (M = Ni,Pd) and UPdX (X = Sn,Sb,Bi).


University of Toronto
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
Not stated
Other higher degree, Master of Science |
Not stated
First Degree, Bachelor of Science |


I did my undergraduate degree in physics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. From there I went down the road as an NSERC '67 Science Scholarship holder and Massey College Fellow to the University of Toronto. At Toronto I received my M.Sc. (Ultrasonic study of CrMn) and my Ph.D. (Magnetic Phase Diagrams of Nd and NdPr) as a student of Professor Eric Fawcett. During this time, I also spent six enjoyable months as Acting Dean of Men at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

From the University of Toronto, I moved to Birkbeck College, London, where I held postdoctoral positions in the physics and chemistry departments. In 1992, I was appointed to a lectureship in physics at Birkbeck. I came to the Condensed Matter and Material Physics group at UCL in 1997.