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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Faculty & Staff

Dr. Edwin Fohtung, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Freiburg, Germany (2010)

Department of Physics

Office: Gardiner Hall 259A

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-646-5631

FAX: 575-646-1934

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Edwin Fohtung
Office Hours Fall 2013

Mondays 11-12 am
Wednesdays 3-4 pm


Dr. Edwin Fohtung earned his bachelor's and masterís degree from the institute of physics, nanotechnology and telecommunication of the St Petersburg State Polytechnic University Russia, and his PhD. from University of Freiburg in Germany.

While pursuing his PhD studies in Germany from 2007 to 2010, he was employed as a scientific research assistant at the ANKA synchrotron light source facility at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During this time he became fascinated and with the use of neutrons and (in)coherent photons produced from light sources such as ANKA, ESRF, DESY to study a wide range of condensed matter systems. His interest turned into a career prospect as he moved to the University of California at San Diego as a postdoc in the physics department.

Dr. Edwin Fohtung joins New Mexico State University as the Lansce (Los Alamos Neutron Scattering) Professor of Physics and Materials at the Assistant level. His Current research explores (via experimental and numerical modeling) the use of neutron, synchrotron based novel coherent x-ray scattering techniques, optical (laser-based) pump-probe experimental techniques, pulsed electric and magnetic fields to probe a variety of emergent condensed matter systems, ranging from multiferroics, magnetoelectric, electronic, straintronics, orbitronic and magnetic phases arising due to competing and/or coupled charge, spin, orbital ordering and lattice interactions. Other soft matters systems such as colloids, nanoparticles, polymers, fluids and glasses are of interest. Dr. Edwin Fohtung also aims to foster an environment that is conducive to learning, creativity, and personal development.