Group Members

Research Group

Karine Chesnel - Associate Professor


A french native, Karine Chesnel received her training in France at the Ecole Normale Superieure  (B.S. Physics & B.S. Chemistry 1997, Agregation Physics 1998) and at University Joseph Fourier (M.S. Physics 1999, Ph.D. Physics 2002). She carried out her PhD research work at the Comissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) in Grenoble and became involved in synchrotron experiments at the European Synchrotron radiation Facility (ESRF) in France and at the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) in UK.

In 2002, she moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California where she completed a post-doctoral fellowship. There, she worked at the Advanced Light Source, helping develop a beamline optimized for coherent x-ray. In 2007, she moved back to France, where she worked at the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Pulses (LNCMP) in Toulouse. In 2008, she joined the faculty at the Physics Department at Brigham Young University in Utah. Her research activity is centered on studying magnetic nanostructures using magnetic imaging and synchrotron radiation.

Current students

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Mingyang Li
Graduate student
Hometown: California
BS Physics, Northern Arizona University, April 2021
Working on: Superparamagnetism and superferromagnetism in Fe3O4 nanoparticle assemblies
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Colby Walker
Graduate student
Hometown: California
BS Physics, BYU-I, April 2017
Working on: Illumination effects in exhchange-bias induced magnetic memory
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Johnathon Rackham
Graduate student
Hometown: New Jersey
BS Physics, BYU-I, April 2017
Working on: Magnetic ordering in superparamagnetic nanoparticle assemblies
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Aaron Gentillon
BS Applied Physics, 2022
Hometown: West Valley, Utah
Working on: Remanent MFM imaging of Co/Pt multilayers
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Michael Vaka
BS Applied Physics, December 2022
Hometown: Hauula, Hawai
Working on: MFM imaging of Co/Pt multilayers
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Kira Johnson
BS Applied Physics, 2022
Hometown: Rexburg, Idaho
Working on: MFM imaging of Co/Pt multilayers
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Joshua Hancock
BS Physics, December 2022
Hometown: Ramona, California
Working on: MFM imaging of Co/Pt multilayers
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Corey Hawkins
BS Physics, 2023
Hometown: Nashva, New Hampshire
Working on: Magnetic fluctuations in F3O4 nanoparticle assemblies

Joey Ray
BS Physics 2024
Hometown: Oklahoma
Working on: In-situ field MFM imaging of Co/Pt multilayers

Caleb Olssen
BS Physics
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Working on: Magneto-transport measurements on Co/Pf IrMn films

Previous students

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Parker Greenwell
RET student, summer 2021
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Worked on: Remanence imaging of Co/Pt nanosystems
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Karolyn Mocellin
BS Applied Physics, Aug 2021
Hometown: Nouvelle Caledonie, France
Worked on: MFM/VSM imaging of Co/Pt nanosystems
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Daniel McPherson
BS Applied Physics, April 2021
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Worked on: Time correlation mapping
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Godofredo Fajardo
BS Business/Physics 2020
Hometown: Connecticut
Worked on: Visualizing Domain morphologies evolution in Co/Pt ferromnagnetic films
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Carson Richards
BS Mechanical Engineering, April 2020
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Worked on: Studying the influence of magnetic history on magnetic domain morphologies in Co/Pt ferromnagnetic films
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Misael Campos
REU student, Summer 2019
Visiting from: Princeton University, EE and Applied Physics
Hometown: California
Worked on: Co/Pt films remanent imaging
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Adam Christensen
REU student, Summer 2019
BS Physics, August 2019
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Worked on: SMOKE / EHE setups
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at University of Texas at Austin
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Mason Parkes
BS Physics, August 2019
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Worked on: Magnetic scpeckle correlations and illumination effects
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at Auburn University
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Alexander Cahoon
BS Applied Physics, April 2019
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Worked on: Mechanical and Electrical upgrading of the SMOKE apparatus
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Mason Christianson
BS Physics, 2022
Hometown: Texas
Worked on: Blocking temperature of superparamagnetic nanoparticles
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Braedon Jones
BS Physics, 2021
Hometown: California
Worked on: Magnetic imaging
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Dustin Payne
BS Physics, 2019
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Worked on: Imaging magnetic domains in thin films
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Jacob Livingston
BS Physics, 2019
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Worked on: Speckle-correlation spectroscopy
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Shelby Klomp
REU student, summer 2018
Visiting from: Gustavus Adolphus College
Hometown: Mapplewood, Minnesota
Worked on: Fabricating and characterizing magnetite nanoparticles
Graduated: BA Physics, June 2020, Gustavus Adolphus College
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at Northwestern University
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Luis Ortiz-Flores
REU student, summer 2018
Visiting from: University of Puerto Rico
Hometown: Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Worked on: Magnetic domain morphologies in ferromagnetic films
Graduated: BA Physics, May 2019, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at University of Connecticut
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Kamden Jones
BS Physics Teaching, 2018
Hometown: Utah
Worked on: Fitting magnetic scattering profiles
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Dunn Westhoff
BS Physics, Chinese minor, 2018
Hometown: Washington state
Worked on: Fitting magnetic scattering profiles
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Lauren Hindman
BS Physics, 2018
Hometown: Philomath, Oregon
Worked on: Imaging magnetic domains in 60 A thick Co/Pt films
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Stephen Kotter
BS physics, August 2018
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Worked on: Optimization of magnetic scattering profiles
Currently: In Law school at the University of Georgia
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Brittni Newbold
BS physics, April 2018
Hometown: Tooele, Utah
Worked on: Magnetic ordering in magnetite nanoparticle assemblies
Completed: MS in Physics at BYU in 2020
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Jeremy Metzner
REU student, Summer 2017
Visiting from: University of New Mexico
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Worked on: Magnetic imaging of Co/Pt multilayers
Completed: BS in Physics at University of New Mexico in 2018
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics (Quantum computing) at the University of Oregon in Eugene
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Berg Dodson
BS physics, August 2017
Hometown: Oregon
Worked on: Imaging magnetic domains in Co/Pt thin films
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at BYU
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David Montealegre
REU student, Summer 2016
Visiting from: Iowa State University, Physics
Hometown: Iowa
Worked on: 30 and 40 A Co/Pt films remanent imaging
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Physics at University of Iowa
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Dalton Griner
BS physics, August 2016
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Worked on: Fabricating Fe3O4 nanoparticle, and measuring synchrotron XMCD and XRMS data
Currently: Preparing a PhD in Medical Physics at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
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John Bradley Wood
BS Mechanical Engineering, August 2016
Hometown: Arizona
Worked on: Processing magnetic speckle data on exchange bias films and synchrotron measurements
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Matthew Healey
BS Applied Physics, June 2016
Hometown: California
Worked on: measuring magnetic domain patterns via VSM and MFM
Went on to: Law school at University of California, Davis
Currently: Patent lawyer in Salt Lake City
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Dallin Smith
BS physics, April 2016
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Worked on: Fabricating Fe3O4 nanoparticle, and measuring synchrotron XMCD and XRMS data
Currently: Preparing a MS in Physics at University of Utah