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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Dr. Sutherland holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in physics from the University of Toronto. He moved to the UK as an NSERC of Canada postdoctoral research fellow in 2004, and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2006. He is currently a Fellow of Corpus Christi College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Sutherland's research involves the study of materials that exhibited strongly correlated electron behaviour, including superconductors, topological insulators and novel magnetic materials. He runs the Quantum Matter Group's 'Big Fridge' cryogenic facility, which features a superconducting magnet with fields up to 20.4 T, and a dilution refrigerator capable of temperatures as low as a few mK. Key research themes include:

  • Measurements of quantum oscillations and the Fermi surface of correlated electron and novel metallic systems, for instance Sr3Ir4Sn13 (a material with a tunable structural quantum critical point) and YbAlB4 (a non-Fermi liquid metal).
  • The use of thermal transport to probe the low-energy excitations of correlated electron and novel metallic systems, for example the Kondo Insulator SmB6.


Key publications: 
  • Fermi surface in the absence of a Fermi liquid in the Kondo insulator SmB6. M. Hartstein, W. H. Toews, Y.-T. Hsu, B. Zeng, X. Chen, M. Ciomaga, Hatnean, Q. R. Zhang, S. Nakamura G. Balakrishnan, T. Sakakibara, Y. Takano, J. -H. Park, L. Balicas, N. Harrison, G. G. Lonzarich, R. W. Hill, M. Sutherland, Suchitra Sebastian. Nature Physics, 14, 166 (2018)
  • Experimental Determination of the Fermi Surface of Sr3Ir4Sn13 X. Chen, S.K. Goh, D. Tompsett, W.Yu, L. Klintberg, S. Friedemann, H. Tan, J. Yang, B. Chen, M. Imai, K. Yoshimura, M. B. Gamza, F. M. Grosche, M. L. Sutherland. Phys. Rev. B 93 23121 (2016)
  • Intact Quasiparticles at an Unconventional Quantum Critical Point. M.L. Sutherland, Eoin O'Farrell, J. Dunn, William Toews, S. Nakatsuji, R.W. Hill. Phys. Rev. B 92 041114 (2015)
  • Low-Energy Quasiparticles Probed by Heat Transport in the Iron Based Superconductor LaFePO. M.L. Sutherland, J. Dunn, William Toews, Eoin O'Farrell, James Analytis, Ian Fisher, R.W. Hill. Phys. Rev. B. 85, 014517 (2012)
  • The Role of f -Electrons in the Fermi Surface of the Heavy Fermion Superconductor beta-YbAlB4E. C. T. O’Farrell, D. A. Tompsett, S. E. Sebastian, N. Harrison, C. Capan, L. Balicas, K. Kuga, T. Matsuo, M. Tokunaga, S. Nakatsuji, G. Csanyi, Z. Fisk, M. L. Sutherland. Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 216402 (2009)
  • Marginal Breakdown of the Fermi-liquid State on the Border of Metallic Ferromagnetism R. Smith, M. Sutherland, G. Lonzarich, S. Saxena, N. Kimura, S. Takashima, M. Nohara and H. Takagi. Nature 455, 1220-1223 (2008).



Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow of Corpus Christi College
Dr. Michael  Sutherland

Contact Details

Room 463 Mott Building,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue
+44 (0)1223 337389


Person keywords: 
Experimental condensed matter physics
Quantum materials