Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students, College of Science
Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

B.S., Warsaw University, Poland, 1971
M.S., ibid., 1972
Ph.D. Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 1979

Address: NSH 333b
Phone: (574-63)1-6962
Fax: (574-63)1-5952

Research Interests

Professor Dobrowolska-Furdyna's research interests involve magnetospectroscopy of semiconductor heterostructures, i.e., systems composed of ultrathin layers of different semiconductor compounds, with thicknesses in the range of a few atomic monolayers. Such an arrangement leads to new effects which are of great interest both in fundamental physics and in device applications. Magnetospectroscopic studies provide important insights into the electronic structures and optical properties of these novel systems.

Most recently her interest has focused on structures in which some of the layers are magnetic which also affords the possibility of investigating the effect of reduced dimensionality on magnetic properties of such structures.

Selected Publications

“Controlling the Curie temperature in (Ga,Mn) As through location of the Fermi level within the impurity band”, M. Dobrowolska, K. Tivakornsasithorn, X. Liu, J.K. Furdyna, M. Berciu, K.M. Yu, and W. Walukiewicz, Nature Materials 11, 444 (2012).

“Structural properties of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 topological insulators grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (001) substrates”, X. Liu, D. J. Smith, J. Fan, Y.-H. Zhang, H. Cao, Y. P. Chen, J. Leine1, B. J. Kirby, M. Dobrowolska, and J. K. Furdyna,  Applied Physics Letters 99, 171903 (2011).

“Scaling relations between anomalous Hall and longitudinal transport coefficients in metallic (Ga,Mn)As films”, X.  Liu, S. Shen, Z. Ge, W. L. Lim, M. Dobrowolska, J. K. Furdyna, and S.Lee, Physical Review B 83, 144421 (2011).

"Giant Zeeman splitting in nucleation-controlled doped CdSe:Mn2+ quantum nanoribbons," J. Ho Yu, X. Liu, K.E. Kweon, J. Jiwon Park, Kyung-Tae Ko, D.W. Lee, S. Shen, K.Tivakornsasithorn,  J.S.Son, J.-H, Park, Y.-W. Kim, G S. Hwang, M. Dobrowolska, J.K. Furdyna, T. Hyeon, Nature Materials 9, 47 (2010).

"Origin of magnetic circular dichroism in GaMnAs: giant Zeeman Splitting vs. spin dependent density of states," M. Berciu, R. Chakarvorty, Y.Y. Zhou, M.T. Alam, K. Traudt, R. Jakiela, A. Barcz, T. Wojtowicz, X. Liu, J.K. Furdyna, and M. Dobrowolska, Physical Review Letters 102, 247202 (2009).

"Ferromagnetic behavior of CdMnCrTe quaternary system," S. Shen, X. Liu, Y.-J. Cho, J.K. Furdyna, M. Dobrowolska, Y.H. Hwang, and Y.H. Um, Applied Physics Letters 94, 142507 (2009).

"Spin-polarizable excitonic luminescence in colloidal Mn2+-doped CdSe quantum dots," R. Beaulac, P.I. Archer, X. Liu, S. Lee, G.M. Salley, M. Dobrowolska, J.K. Furdyna, D.R. Gamelin, Nano Letters 8, 1197 (2008).

Honors and Activities

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Kaneb Teaching Award (2005)
  • Rev. Edmund P. Joyce award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2008 and 2013)
  • Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award in the College of Science (2010)


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