Curriculum Vita

Branton J. Campbell

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brigham Young University, N145 ESC, Provo, UT 84602
Tel: (801)-422-5758, Fax: (801)-422-0553
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CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: Group-theoretical analysis of structural order parameters (e.g. atomic displacements, site occupancies, magnetic moments, lattice strains) arising from phase transitions at commensurate or incommensurate wave vectors. Symmetry in periodic and modulated crystals, both magnetic and non-magnetic. Experimental x-ray and neutron scattering. Diffuse scattering studies of nanoscale structure-property relations in complex oxides (high-Tc cuprates, colossal magnetoresistive manganites, relaxor ferroelectrics, and open-framework materials).



Professor, 2014 - present

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

 Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Professor (2014-2015)

         Durham University, Dept. of Chemistry, Durham, UK

Professor, 2014 - present

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Associate Professor, 2008 - 2014

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor, 2002 - 2008

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Post Doctoral Research Associate, 1999-2002

          Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division

          Research supervisor: Ray Osborn

Ph.D., Materials Science, 1999

          University of California at Santa Barbara, Materials Science Department

          Research advisor: Anthony K. Cheetham

M.A., Physics, 1995

          University of California at Santa Barbara, Physics Department

B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Physics and Mathematics, 1993

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

          Research advisors: Harold T. Stokes and Larry V. Knight

          Brigham Young University, Department of Mathematics




US National Committee on Crystallography

      Chair (2021-present)

      Vice-Chair (2018-2020)

      Member (2013-2017)

International Union of Crystallography

     Chair of the Commission on Magnetic Structures (2012-present)

     Secretary of the Commission on Magnetic Structures (2011-2012)

     Session/Symposium/Workshop Chair/Organizer (2008, 2014, 2017, 2020)

International School of Crystallography (Erice)

     Scientific Director of the 53th Course on Magnetic Crystallography (2019)

American Crystallographic Association

      Materials Science SIG Executive Committee (2007, Chair 2008, 2009)

      Materials Science SIG Nominating Committee (2010, 2011, 2012, 2018)

      Session/Symposium/Workshop Chair/Organizer (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012,

        2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)

American Physical Society
Neutron Scattering Society of America

Scattering Facilities

     Neutron Scattering Science Review Committee for HIFR/SNS (2011-present)

     CORELLI/TOPAZ Instrument Development Teams at ORNL-SNS (2007-2012)

     UT/ORNL DOE EPSCoR Advisory Committee (2013-2014)

Journal referee

Acta Cryst. A & B, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Am. Miner., J. Appl. Cryst.,
J. Appl. Phys., Appl. Phys. Lett., J. Chem. Phys., Chem. Thermo. Thermal Anal.,
Euro. Phys. Lett., Geophys. Res. Lett., J. Inorg. Chem., J. Magn. Magn. Materials,
J. Materials Chem., Nature Comm., Phase Transitions, J. Phys. Chem. Solids,  
Physica B, Phys. Rev. B, Phys. Rev. Lett., J. Solid State Chem., Z. Krist.


  • "The ISOTILT software for discovering cooperative rigid-unit rotations in networks of interconnected rigid units", B. J. Campbell, H. T. Stokes, T. B. Averett, S. Machlus, and C. J. Yost, J. Appl. Crystallogr. 54 (6), (2021).
  • "Switchable Rashba anisotropy in layered hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite by hybrid improper ferroelectricity", F. Wang, H. Gao, C. de Graaf, J. M. Poblet, B. J. Campbell, and A. Stroppa, NPJ Comput. Mater. 6 (1), 183 (2020).
  • “Understanding the behaviour of the room-temperature molecular ferroelectric 5,6-dichloro-2-methylbenzimidazole using symmetry adapted distortion mode analysis”, Huiyu Liu, Weiguo Zhang, P. S. Halasyamani, H. T. Stokes, B. J. Campbell, J. S. O. Evans, I. R. Evans, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 13441–13448 (2018).
  • "A general algorithm for generating isotropy subgroups in superspace", H. T. Stokes and B. J. Campbell, Acta Cryst. A73, 4-13 (2017).
  • "An exhaustive symmetry approach to structure determination: phase transitions in Bi2Sn2O7", J. W. Lewis, J. L. Payne, I. R. Evans, H. T. Stokes, B. J. Campbell, and J. S. O. Evans,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 8031–8042 (2016).


  • Materials Science & Technology 2021 in Columbus, Ohio (invited lecture), Oct 2021, B.J. Campbell, "Symmetry-mode analysis of phase transitions in solids".
  • 25th Congress of the International Union of Crystallography in Prague, Czech Republic, Aug 2021, B.J. Campbell and H.T. Stokes, "Advances in infrastructure for using magnetic and non-magnetic superspace-group symmetry".
  • American Crystallographic Association Meeting (virtual), Aug 2021, F. Wang, H. Gao, C. de Graaf, J.M. Poblet, B.J. Campbell, and A. Stroppa, "Switchable Rashba anisotropy in a layered hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite via hybrid improper ferroelectricity".
  • 53rd International School of Crystallography: Magnetic Crystallography in Erice, Sicily, Italy (invited lectures), Jun 2019, B.J. Campbell, “Magnetic space group symmetry”, "MAGNDATA, magCIF, and communicating magnetic structures" (with J.M. Perez-Mato), “Building magnetic-structure models with the ISOTROPY Suite” (with H.T. Stokes).
  • Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand - Crystals 30 Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (plenary lecture), Apr 2016, B.J. Campbell, "Crystallographic representation analysis".


  • University of Alabama, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Tuscaloosa Alabama, Oct 2020, "The science of symmetry breaking in crystals".
  • Hindu Banaras University, Depts. of Physics and Materials Science, Varanasi, India, Aug 2017, "Symmetry breaking in crystals", “Facilitating structure determination using the ISODISTORT software”.
  • University of Utah, Materials Science Dept., Salt Lake City Utah, USA, Nov 2016, “Single-crystal diffuse scattering as a probe of nanoscale structure ”.
  • Institute of Metal Physics, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, Jun 2015, “Group representations as a general tool for the solution of distorted crystal structures”.
  • Oxford University, Dept. of Chemistry, Oxford, UK, Feb 2015, “The symmetry-mode description of crystal distortions”.