Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: experimental condensed matter physics, x-ray scattering and x-ray spectroscopy, superconductivity, resonant soft x-ray scattering, quantum materials


The Quantum Materials Spectroscopy group, led by Professor Hawthorn, studies Quantum Materials using resonant soft x-ray scattering and x-ray absorption spectroscopy at synchrotrons such as the Canadian Light Source. We use these tools to investigate intertwinned order in Quantum Materials and shed light on the long-standing mysteries of high temperature superconductors.


  • PhD Physics, University of Toronto, ON, 2004

  • MSc Physics, University of Toronto, ON, 2000

  • BSc Physics, McMaster University, ON, 1999

David Hawthorn

University of Waterloo