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  • Biographical Description

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    I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver. Before joining DU in September of 2006, I did post-doctoral work with the Quantum Sensors Project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in nearby Boulder, CO. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and earned my B.S. at UC Santa Cruz and my Ph.D. at UC San Diego, working with Frances Hellman. Please browse the categories to the right for more information on my teaching and research activities.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • barry-cvDec2012.pdf

  • Selected Publications

  • "Thermal conductivity of micromachined low-stress silicon-nitride beams from $77-325$ K,'' R. Sultan, A. Avery, G. Stiehl, B. L. Zink, Journal of Applied Physics 105 043501 (2009).

  • SultanJAP09.pdf

  • ``Excess modes and enhanced scattering in rare-earth doped amorphous silicon thin films," B. L. Zink, R. Islam, D. J. Smith, F. Hellman, Physical Review B 74, 205209 (2006).
  • ZinkPRB2006.pdf

  • "An array-compatible transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter gamma-ray detector with 42 eV energy resolution at 103 keV," B. L. Zink, J. N. Ullom, J. A. Beall, K. D. Irwin, W. B. Doriese, W. D. Duncan, L. Ferriera, G. C. Hilton, R. D. Horansky, C. D. Reintsema, and L. R. Vale, Applied Physics Letters 89 124101 (2006).
  • ZinkAPL2006.pdf

  • ``Specific heat and thermal conductivity of thin-film amorphous silicon," B. L. Zink, R. Pietri, and F. Hellman, Physical Review Letters, 96 055902 (2006)
  • ZinkPRL06.pdf

  • ``Large magnetic entropy in giant magnetoresistive amorphous gadolinium silicon," B. L. Zink, E. Janod, K. Allen and F. Hellman, Physical Review Letters 83, 2266-9 (1999).
  • ZinkPRL99.pdf

  • For a complete list of publications, please see my CV.
  • Upcoming Travel

  • July 19-24, 2009: 13th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors, Palo Alto, CA

  • October 8--9:  WIN Program Review, UCLA

  • March 15-19: APS March Meeting, Portland, OR

  • Teaching

  • For information on courses I am currently teaching, please click the "Teaching" tab above!
  • Research

  • Experimental condensed matter and materials physics, focusing on understanding order and disorder in novel materials and small structures by probing thermal, electronic and thermoelectric properties.  Current projects center on fundamental studies of thermal transport and thermopower in amorphous semiconductor systems, magnetic and superconducting thin films, and nanostructures.  Applications of interest range from thermoelectric materials to spintronic devices to gamma-ray detectors for nuclear security.

  • For more information, go to the Zink Research Lab page.
  • Publications In Press or In Preparation

  • "Electronic and Vibational Density of States Through the Metal-Insulator Transition in Amorphous Yttrium-Silicon Alloy Thin Films," B. L. Zink and F. Hellman, (submitted to Phys. Rev. B)
  • "Thermal conductivity of micromachined low-stress silicon-nitride beams from 77 − 325 K,"  R. Sultan, A. Avery, G. Stiehl, B. L. Zink (submitted to Journal of Applied Physics)

  • Gallery

  • MeanderTest-16oct070001.jpg
    MeanderTest-16oct070001.jpg Nb traces on a test chip for magnetic thermometers and related experiments.
  • BigWorking.jpg
    BigWorking.jpg Optical micrograph of a superconducting resonator circuit we are designing for measurements of dielectric loss in amorphous thin films at 3He temperatures (300 mK-4 K)

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