Valeria Lauter

Valeria Lauter

Position: Instrument Scientist

Beamline: BL-4A

Instrument: Magnetism Reflectometer

Group: Thin Films and Nanostructures

Facility: Spallation Neutron Source


Phone: (865) 387-5389

Valeria Joined ORNL’s Neutron Sciences Directorate in spring 2008 as the Lead Instrument Scientist at the Magnetism Reflectometer, Spallation Neutron Source. Prior to joining ORNL she held a position of a Research Scientist at the Technical University of Munich, Germany (1999 – 2007) and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France; earlier she held Research Scientist positions at the University of Konstanz, Germany; European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France and Laboratoire de Magnetisme CNRS, Grenoble, France , as well as a Junior Research Fellow and later Staff Scientist at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia.

Valeria’s scientific research includes magnetic and non-magnetic nano-scale materials, topological insulator heterostructures, self-organized organic/inorganic nanocomposite structures, high temperature superconducting films, and smart films. She is a specialist in neutron scattering which she applied to study quantum solid state mesoscale systems as well as soft matter and bio-systems.

In instrumentation Valeria’s professional skills relate to the development, construction, commissioning and performing of experiments on time-of-flight and monochromatic reflectometers. She was leading the development of the Magnetism Reflectometer, which became the state of the art among the world best instruments of this type and developed a diverse user community on this instrument.

Reviewer for the Journals of Nature Physics, Nature Materials, Scientific Reports, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, ACS Applied Materials&Interfaces, Applied Physics Letters, Langmuir, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Macromolecules, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Review of Scientific Instruments

Member of American Physical Society, Neutron Scattering Society of America, American Vacuum Society, Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG) of American Physical Society

Coauthor of over 120 research papers and PI and co-PI of several research projects including U.S. Department of Energy programs ARPA-E (3M$), Oak Ridge National Laboratory research and development projects (totaling >3M$), co-author of 5 projects funded by German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) and INTAS; supervised postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students; presented more than 60 invited talks at international conferences and invited seminars and colloquiums at leading institutions worldwide, 34 lectures in the International Neutron Schools and organized several international conferences and workshops. Awards: Award for Excellence in Beam Line Science (2017), 7 ORNL awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018), recipient of grant from Direction de l’Economie, de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur, Paris, France (1993 -1994).

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PhD (1997) in Experimental and Theoretical Solid State Physics from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia and a M.Sc. in Solid States Physics and Quantum Electronics from the Physics and Engineering Institute (MEPhI), Moscow, Russia

Selected Publications

V. Lauter-Pasyuk “Neutron grazing incidence technique for nanoscience” (French version, PDF) Journal de Physique IV, Collection SFN 7, s221-s240, 2007

H. Lauter, V.Lauter-Pasyuk “A discussion about inelastic surface scattering” Journal of Physical Research, V.14, No 3, pages 239-250, 2006

V.V. Ustinov, M.A.Milyaev, L.N. Romashev, T.P. Krinitsina, A.M. Burkhanov, V.V.Lauter-Pasyuk, H.J.Lauter Multi-stepwise GMR and layers magnetic reversal in uniaxial Fe/Cr superlattices Phys. Stat. Sol. (c) 3, No 5, 1249 – 1256, 2006

V.V. Ustinov, M.A. Milyaev, L.N. Romashev, T.P. Krinitsina, A.M. Burkhanov, V.V.Lauter-Pasyuk, H.J.Lauter Multiple spin-flip transitions and stairs-like GMR in Fe/Cr superlattices with uniaxial in-plane anisotropy Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 300, e-281, 2006

V. Lauter-Pasyuk, H.J. Lauter, G.P. Gordeev, P. Muller-Buschbaum, B.P Toperverg, M. Jernenkov, W. Petry Nanoparticles in block-copolymer films studied by specular and off-specular neutron scattering Langmuir, 19, 7783-7788, 2003

V. Lauter-Pasyuk, H.J. Lauter, B. Toperverg, L. Romashev, V. Ustinov Transverse and lateral structure of the spin-flop phase in Fe/Cr antiferromagnetic superlattices Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 167203, 2002