Research Interest

I am an experimental physicist with a core of expertise in solid state physics. My interest lies in multidisciplinary, fundamental research but with a special emphasize on possible applications testified by my scientific papers and patents, respectively. I believe to answer pertinent questions in these research fields the use of high-resolution spectroscopic methods are the key.

Fields I'm currently working on:

Apart from research I also take an active role in education of highly motivated and talented young scientists by preparing them to science competitions and graduate student workshops.

I also take an active role in the popularization of science for general audience. I'm an editor of Wikipeida where I mostly contribute to Physics articles in English and in Hungarian.

In order to disseminate my work to broad audience I regularly contribute no news feeds and science and technology related blogs.

Case studies:

Spectrometer Development

I have developed a one-of-the-kind ESR spectrometer working in the exceptionally broad frequency range of 1-420 GHz frequency range in the corresponding 0-16 T magnetic field range in contrast to conventional X-band ESR spectrometers operated at 9.6 GHz (0.34 T). Moreover, experiments can be performed in a multi-extreme environment in 1.3-400 K temperature range and up to 2.0 GPa hydrostatic pressure. Due to my innovative technical developments the high-frequency ESR spectrometer, even after 8 years of operation, still holds several records is terms of sensitivity, resolution and pressure. And it is the sate-of-the art. This work is continuously ongoing by extending pulsed operation and in situ optical excitations which are instrumental for my current research.
Details can be found here and here.

Spin Based Quantum Bit

A general shortcomings of quantum computing schemes are the cryogenic temperature range where they are operational and the limited integrability to the existing CMOS based computing architectures. These factors significantly hinder broad range applicability. I have studied the spin dynamics of a new class of conducting carbon nanospheres by ESR. I have demonstrated their potential as spin-based Qbits for room temperature operation with feasible integration to CMOS architectures.
Details can be found here.
Our work received significant online attention, over 4000 downloads in the first week which made it to the top 3 percentile of all nature papers. Moreover, several news science and technology blog picked up the news like
Word Economic Forum
Science Alert
Bio Portfolio
Real Clear Science
Controlled Environments
The Inquirer
International Business Times
Australian Science
The Conversation
abc news

Spin Based Classical Information Storage

The demand for ever-increasing density of information storage and speed of manipulation boosts an intense search for new magnetic materials and novel ways of controlling the magnetic bit. Based on multi frequency ESR studies lead by me a new mechanism for optical control of magnetic ground state of photoresistors have been discovered. We showed that this mechanism can form a basis of a new magneto-optical data storage technology. My ongoing work on this field targets optically tunable ultrafast satellite microwave telecommunication.

Spin Based Classical Information Transmission

Spintronics the information transferred by the electron spins encoded by the spin projection relative to a quantizing axis. It is a classical process where the limiting parameter the spin lattice relaxation time of electrons (T1) which limits bot the time-frame while the information is maintained and the distance where the information can be transferred. A promising system for this processes is graphene. However, until recently the intrinsic T1 of graphene was wrongly estimated to be in the range of 1-2 ns. My work has shown that the intrinsic T1 of graphene exceed 100 ns, however environmental effects and particular O2 absorption reduces it to the few-ns range.
Details can be found here, here and here.

Biology Inspired Interdisciplinary Studies

For efficient contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) there are two essential requirements. Firstly they must be safe to use. Secondly the electronic magnetic dipole-field should be maximal at the neighbouring water protons. A new MRI contrast agent Gd3N@C80 showed unprecedented 1000 fold increase of MRI contrast relative to commonly used Gd(III) chelates and exceptional stability in vivo. My work based on multi-frequency ESR spectroscopy revealed that the interplay of ferromagnetic correlations and molecular rotation of Gd3N results in the remarkable MRI characteristics. My study also demonstrated the power of multi-frequency ESR in study of molecular dynamics by following the rotation of Gd3N@C80 molecules.
Details can be found here

The spin lattice relaxation time (T1) of organic radicals is one of the key parameters in Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). The other is the Larmor frequency of the electron spins at DNP magnetic field. I have recently developed a longitudinal detection method to directly measure T1 and Larmor frequency of organic radicals in an unprecedentedly broad magnetic field range of 0-16 T directly relevant for high-frequency DNP.

Optical and photocurrent spectroscopy

I'm actively involved in the fundamental research for understanding the governing principles of photo electric activity of metalorganic halide perovskites. My work based on various optical spectroscopic techniques covering a broad range of wavelength (IR to γ-rays) resulted is several technologically relevant proposals ranging from ultrasensitive photo detection with single-photon efficiency at room temperature relevant in quantum-optical information transfer, to waste radiation harvesting in fission and fusion power plants, or space based radiation detection and energy harvesting.
More details can be found here, here, here, here, here,