Edwin Fohtung


Professor Fohtung received his Ph.D. ( Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude) from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany in 2010. Before he joined Rensselaer in 2019 he was the LANSCE (Los Alamos Neutron Science Center) Professor of physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico State University. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of physics at the University of California San Diego in the Shpyrko and worked at the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation in Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Germany as a Research scientific assistant. He received his B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2007) in Technical and Applied Physics from the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University Russia. Professor Fohtung is particularly interested in nanoscale structure, fluctuations and dynamics arising due to coupled and competing spin, orbital, charge and lattice degree of freedom. To interrogate such order parameters in a variety of condensed matter systems, ranging from electronic and magnetic phases to soft matter, Professor Fohtung develops novel synchrotron based coherent x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. Professor Fohtung is the recipient of numerous awards including the LANSCE Professorship and Rosen Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Professor. Fohtung is also the recipient of multiple grants including the US Department of Defense, Airforce of Office of Scientific Research (DoD-AFOSR), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and other LANL directed research and development program awards. Professor Fohtung is currently a visiting professor at Lund University, and a LINXS (Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science) fellow in Lund Sweden. As of 2022 Prof. Fohtung is the Recipient of a Humboldt Excellence Fellowship with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany

Education & Training

2010: Dr. rer. nat. Electronic & Materials Physics (Summa cum-laude), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

2007: M.Sc., Applied Physics - Physical Electronics, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia.

2005: B.Sc., Applied Physics - Physical Electronics, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia.

Other affililations: Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy, Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (CMDIS)


Other Focus Areas

X-ray physics at synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers
Electronic/structural dynamics
Topology in ferroics


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Edwin Fohtung has 39 indexed publications in the subjects of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science, Chemistry.

Xiaowen Shi, Nimish Prashant Nazirkar, Ravi Kashikar, Dmitry Karpov, Shola Folarin, Zachary Barringer, Skye Williams, Boris Kiefer, Ross Harder, Wonsuk Cha, Ruihao Yuan, Zhen Liu, Dezhen Xue, Turab Lookman, Inna Ponomareva, Edwin Fohtung
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
, 16
, 2024
, pp.7522-7530
Tianhong Wang, Viet Tran, Pascal Bassène, Edwin Fohtung, Trevor Rhone, Moussa N’Gom
Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
, 41
, 2024
, pp.104-109
Nimish P. Nazirkar, Xiaowen Shi, Jian Shi, Moussa N'Gom, Edwin Fohtung
Applied Physics Reviews
, 11
, 2024
Nimish P. Nazirkar, Sowmya Srinivasan, Ross Harder, Edwin Fohtung
AIP Advances
, 14
, 2024
Viet Tran, Tianhong Wang, Nimish P. Nazirkar, Pascal Bassène, Edwin Fohtung, Moussa N’Gom
APL Photonics
, 8
, 2023
Elijah Schold, Zachary Barringer, Xiaowen Shi, Skye Williams, Nimish Prashant Nazirkar, Yiping Wang, Yang Hu, Jian Shi, Edwin Fohtung
MRS Bulletin
, 48
, 2023
, pp.467-474
Saloni Pendse, Yang Hu, Ru Jia, Zhizhong Chen, Lifu Zhang, Skye Williams, Jie Jiang, Edwin Fohtung, Jian Shi
Journal of Physical Chemistry C
, 126
, 2022
, pp.20074-20081
Xiaowen Shi, Nimish Prashant Nazirkar, Zachary Barringer, Skye Williams, Ross Harder, Edwin Fohtung
MRS Advances
, 7
, 2022
, pp.899-904
Jie Jiang, Lifu Zhang, Chen Ming, Hua Zhou, Pritom Bose, Yuwei Guo, Yang Hu, Baiwei Wang, Zhizhong Chen, Ru Jia, Saloni Pendse, Yu Xiang, Yaobiao Xia, Zonghuan Lu, Xixing Wen, Yao Cai, Chengliang Sun, Gwo Ching Wang, Toh Ming Lu, Daniel Gall, Yi Yang Sun, Nikhil Koratkar, Edwin Fohtung, Yunfeng Shi, Jian Shi
, 607
, 2022
, pp.480-485
Xiaowen Shi, Jian Shi, Edwin Fohtung
Journal of Applied Physics
, 131
, 2022

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