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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof Brian Tanner, M.A., D.Phil., C.Phys., F.Inst.P, F.H.E.A., F.R.S.A.

Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43677
Room number: 101
Dean for University Enterprise at Durham Business & Innovation Services
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43207
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 44634
Room number: Physics Room 101 & First Floor Maple
Member of the Durham X-ray Centre

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Responsibilities within department

As Dean of Knowledge Transfer, I have strategic responsibility across the University for Enterprise, Business Relations, and Technology & Knowledge Transfer. Although an ex-Head of Department, I now have no Departmental responsibilities.

Teaching activity

Presently I teach no formal courses.

Research interests

My research interests centre around the use of x-ray scattering to probe the structure of materials. I lead a major European FP7 consortium, SIDAM. My group studies the relationship between structure and magnetic properties of thin film materials used for magnetic devices in the recording industry and also the effect of strain on the properties of semiconductors. Extensive use is made of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble and the Diamond Light Source at Didcot near Oxford.

Recent journal publications include:
Thermal slip at the extremity and bevel edges of silicon wafers, B K Tanner, J Wittge, D Allen, M C Fossati, A N Danilewsky, P McNally, J Garagorri, M R Elizalde and D Jacques, J Applied Crystallography 44 (2011) 489-494

Ferromagnetism at the interfaces of antiferromagnetic FeRh epilayers, R Fan, C J Kinane, T R Charlton, R Domer, M Ali, M A deVries, C H Marrows, D A Arena, B K Tanner, G Nisbet and S Langridge, Physical Review B 82 (2010)184418

Spin polarisation and exchange coupling of Cu and Mn atoms in paramagnetic CuMn diluted alloys induced by a Co layer, M Abes, D Atkinson, B K Tanner, T Charlton, S Langridge, T P A Hase, M Ali, C H Marrows, B J Hickey, A Neudert, R J Hicken, D Arena, S B Wilkins, A mirone and S Lebegue, Physical Review B 82 (2010) 184412

Dislocation sources and slip band nucleation  from indents on silicon wafers, J Wittge, A N Danilewsky, D Allen, P McNally, Z Li, T Baumbach, E Gorostegui-Colinas, J Garagorri, M R Elizalde, D Jacques, M C Fossati,  D K Bowen and B K Tanner, J Applied Crystallography 43 (2010) 1036-1039

Research Groups

Department of Physics

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Correlated Electron Systems

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Durham - CMI Knowledge Exchange Laboratory, The

Research Interests

  • Metallic multilayers
  • Semiconductors and ceramics
  • X-ray scattering and magnetism


Journal papers: academic

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