Jason Hancock

Associate Professor


Research Interests

Experimental condensed matter physics: General research interest in quantum effects, including high temperature superconductors, topological materials, strongly correlated electron systems, anomalous mechanical properties like negative thermal expansion, and behavior of bulk matter near structural quantum phase transitions. Studies of charge excitations in novel materials heavily use photon-based spectroscopies including inelastic X-ray scattering, X-ray absorption, infrared, and terahertz spectroscopy.

Applied physics and industrial research Novel uses of spectroscopy to address fundamental questions related to additive manufacturing in metal powders which are relevant to aerospace and broader applications.

Curriculum Vitae (updated 11/2018)


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2005
  • M.Sc., Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
  • B.Sc. w/Highest Honors, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998


  • 2018-present: Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • Visiting Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, July-August 2015
  • 2012-2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 2008-2012: Maître assistant, Université de Genève
  • 2005-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Teaching specialities and interests

  • Calculus-based introductory physics courses for scientists and engineers (Phys 1601Q, 1501Q)
  • Advanced laboratory and writing courses (Phys 2501W)
  • Quantum materials and condensed matter physics (Phys 4210/6210)

Selected publications

  • Jason N. Hancock, Maxim Dzero, Marco Guarise, Marco Grioni, John Sarrao, Thorsten Schmitt, Kondo lattice excitation observed using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Yb M5 edge, Phys. Rev. B 98, 075158 (2018)
  • Connor A. Occhialini, Sahan U. Handunkanda, Ayman Said, Sudhir Trivedi, Gian G. Guzman-Verri, Jason N. Hancock, Negative thermal expansion near two structural quantum phase transitions, Physical Review Materials 1, 070603R (2017)
  • Jason N. Hancock and Ignace Jarrige, The promise of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering for modern Kondo physics, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 400, 41-46 (2016)
  • Sahan Handunkanda, Erin Curry, Vladimir Voronov, Ayman Said, Gian Guzman-Verri, Richard Brierley, Peter Littlewood, Jason N. Hancock, Large isotropic negative thermal expansion above a quantum phase transition, Physical Review B 92, 134101 (2015)
  • I. Jarrige, A. Kotani, H. Yamaoka, N. Tsujii, K. Ishii, M. Upton, D. Casa, J. Kim, T. Gog, and Jason N. Hancock, Kondo interactions from band reconstruction in YbInCu4, Physical Review Letters, 114, 126401 (2015)
  • S. I. Mirzaei, D. Stricker, J. N. Hancock, C. Berthod, A. Georges, E. van Heumen, M. K. Chan, X. Zhao, Y. Li, M. Greven, N. Barišić, D. van der Marel, Evidence for a Fermi liquid in the pseudogap phase of high-Tc cuprates, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110, 5774 (2013)
  • R. Comin, G. Levy, B. Ludbrook, Z.-H. Zhu, C.N. Veenstra, J.A. Rosen, Yogesh Singh, P. Gegenwart, D. Stricker, J. N. Hancock, D. van der Marel, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli, Na2IrO3 as a Novel Relativistic Mott insulator with a 350 meV gap, Physical Review Letters, 109, 266406 (2012)
  • Jason N. Hancock, J. L. M. van Mechelen, Alexey B. Kuzmenko, Dirk van der Marel, C. Brüne, E. G. Novik, G. V. Astakhov, H. Buhmann, Laurens Molenkamp, Surface state charge dynamics of a high-mobility three dimensional topological insulator, Physical Review Letters, 107, 136803 (2011)
Contact Information
Phone (alternate)(860)486-6748
Mailing AddressDept. of Physics, University of Connecticut unit 3046, 2152 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Office LocationPhysics 315, 10A