Perry Corbett

Assistant Professor

Perry Corbett

103 Kreger Hall

  • A.A. Mathematics, Thomas More University 2006-2010
  • B.S. Physics, Thomas More University 2006-2010
  • M.S. Physics, University of Akron 2010-2012
  • Ph.D. Physics, Ohio University 2012-2018
  • Post Doc Fellowship, Ohio State Unviversity 2018-2020
  • Research Scientist, UES Inc. 2020-2022
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University 2022-Current


My research team focuses on topologically protected states in condensed matter systems. My team explores two broad classes of phenomena, topological magnetic textures (skyrmions) and topological semimetals/insulators. Skyrmions are vortexes in the spin-structure of the solid and offer a novel route to explore magnetic-particle interactions and manipulation of magnetic textures. Topological insulators/semimetals host spin-selected surface conduction where electron and hole combinations behave as massless fermions with an additional spin-momentum locking, leading to interesting physics for the behavior of these electrons/holes.

My team’s effort can be divided into three main thrusts. The first thrust is novel materials development that hosts unique topologically protected states. The second thrust is the measurement, manipulation, and control of topological properties. The third thrust is device fabrication utilizing topologically protected states for sensing, memory, and defense applications.  

My team also utilize advanced microscopy techniques to characterize on materials and devices down to the atomic length scale. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) allows for the measurement of spin-textures down to the single atom allowing my team to map out skyrions and their hosting atomic environment. Quasi-particle interference STM enables the measurement of the band structure of materials at the surface, this is particulary important for the imaging of topologically protected mass electron states. Students on my team will develop thin-film growth expertise that can directly translate into the private semiconductor industry or academic pursuits.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Link

Repicky, J., Wu, P. K., Liu, T., Corbett, J. P., Zhu, T., Cheng, S., ... & Gupta, J. A. (2021). Atomic-scale visualization of topological spin textures in the chiral magnet MnGe. Science374(6574), 1484-1487.

Wang, P., Lee, W., Corbett, J. P., Koll, W. H., Vu, N. M., Laleyan, D. A., ... & Mi, Z. (2022). Scalable Synthesis of Monolayer Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Graphene with Giant Bandgap Renormalization. Advanced Materials, 2201387.

Corbett, J. P., Meng, K. Y., Repicky, J. J., Garcia-Diaz, R., Rowland, J. R., Ahmed, A. S., ... & Gupta, J. A. (2022). Spin polarized STM imaging of nanoscale Néel skyrmions in an SrIrO3/SrRuO3 perovskite bilayer. Applied Surface Science, 599, 153766.

Corbett, J. P., & Smith, A. R. (2018). Applying a difference ratio method in spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy to determine crystalline anisotropies and antiferromagnetic spin alignment in Cr (0 0 1) c (2× 2). Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials465, 626-633.

Haugan, H. J., Das, D., Bharadwaj, S., Ram-Mohan, L. R., Corbett, J. P., Smith, R. K., ... & Eyink, K. G. (2022). Optimization of hybridized InAsSb/InGaSb semiconductor topological materials. Applied Physics Letters121(6), 062109.

Corbett, J. P., Brown, M. M., Muratore, T. C., Laing, R. P., Brown, J. L., Gupta, J. A., & Reed, A. N. (2021). Growth of the intrinsic superlattice material Bi4Se3 by DC magnetron sputtering: Layered to faceted growth. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films39(6), 063412.