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Sarah Thompson
Professor, MBE



BSc, PhD (Durham),CPhys, FInstP

Summary of expertise

  • Magnetic thin films and multilayers
  • Spin-dependent transport
  • Spintronics
  • Remote sensing of magnetoresistance
  • Infra red spectroscopy of magnetic thin films and multi-layers
  • Nanoscale thermal transport


1994 - 1999: EPSRC Advanced Fellowship
1998: British Association Kelvin Lecturer: Designer Magnetic Materials
2000: Institute of Physics Award for Public Awareness of Physics: Is Science Chaotic
2011 - 2017: Head of Physics, School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
2012: MBE for services to Higher Education

University roles

  • Member of University Planning Committee



Research Group: Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests

As a member of the Condensed Matter Physics Group, my main research interests lie in magnetic thin films and multilayers, spin-dependent transport, spintronics, remote sensing of magnetoresistance and infra-red spectroscopy of magnetic thin films and multilayers and nanoscale thermal transport. At the heart of this research is the electron - the ultimate nanomagnet. Consequently, an electron travelling through a magnetic material or in a magnetic field notices the magnetism and is affected by it. Working on the nanoscale it is possible to manipulate the electron with magnets and nanoscale magnetic materials and thereby design new functional magnetic materials with practical uses and to explore the underpinning physics.


  • Thermal atomic force microscopy as a tool for studying nanoscale electronic properties.

Research group(s)

  • Dr Siew Wai Poon


  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Awards on nanoscale heat transport with Seagate Technology and Nanoscan.

Professor Sarah Thompson

School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322252
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: P/CE05



  • BSc and MPhys Projects on Thermal Atomic force Microscopy
  • I have previously taught a range of modules on thermal physics, solid state physics and magnetism as well as Year 2 Experimental Laboratory and tutoring Year 1 and year 2 modules.

Other teaching

  • Outreach lectures on: Designer Magnets, Electronics in a Spin and SeeINfra red

External activities


  • Vice President of the Institute of Physics (Science and Innovation) 
  • Fellow Institute of Physics
  • Member IEEE

Editorial duties

  • EPSRC College Member since 2003