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Kirsten Blagg

  • Physics
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • B.S Physics, Marquette University 2015
  • B.S Writing Intensive English, Marquette University 2015


  • I work in a low temperature lab focusing on heat transport in superconductor-ferromagnetic hybrid systems including nanowires and thin film structures. There have been numerous studies on electronic transport in these systems which have yielded interesting properties such as triplet electronic spin currents, long range proximity effects, and Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) states. These properties have numerous applications in fields such as spintronics and quantum computing. However, the behavior of thermal currents remains an open question. This is where my research interests are focused. I am interested in characterizing these heat currents: Do the heat currents show the same FFLO states as electronic currents, what is the nature of proximity effects? In addition to looking at heat currents alone, I examine heat currents intersection between spin transport in the field of spin calortironics and charge transport in the field of thermoelectrics. With respect to heat and spin, I am interested exploring how quantum coherence in these systems could be used to control spin and thermal effects. With respect to heat and charge, thermoelectric effects of these systems have been theoretically predicted, but experimentally much work remains including exploration into the effects of dimension and the effects of superconductivity (singlet vs. triplet currents). I find these questions to be interesting not only as fundamental physics questions, but also due to their potential applications in cooling devices, energy production, and quantum computing.


  • Outside of research, I enjoy hiking, running, watercolor painting, drawing, and binge watching nature documentaries.