The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Zahirul Islam

Contact Information
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave
Argonne, Il 60439

Phone: 252-9252 | Fax: 252-7392


  • 2006-present: Physicist, X-ray ScienceDivision, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 2001-2006: Assistant Physicist, Experimental Facilities Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 2000-2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Experimental Facilities Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics Department, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Iowa State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ames, IA; Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, 1999
  • Bemidji State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bemidji, MN; B.S. in Physics, 1993
Research Interests
  • Competing electronic, magnetic, and orbital phases in oxides such as the cuprates
  • Low-temperature phenomena in magnetic fields (e.g. vortex-lattice coupling, metamagnetism, spin-gap materials)
  • Magnetic scattering, X-ray diffraction and diffuse scattering
  • X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism
Selected Publications
  1. "Susceptibility Anisotropy in an Iron Arsenide Superconductor Revealed by X-Ray Diffraction in Pulsed Magnetic Fields," J.P.C. Ruff, J.-H. Chu, H.-H. Kuo, R.K. Das, H. Nojiri, I.R. Fisher, Z. Islam, Phys. Rev. Lett.  109, 027004 (2012).
  2. "Robust but disordered collapsed-volume phase in a cerium alloy under the application of pulsed magnetic fields," J.P.C. Ruff, Z. Islam, R.K. Das, H. Nojiri, J.C. Cooley, C.H. Mielke, Phys. Rev. B  85, 024104 (2012)
  3. "A single-solenoid pulsed-magnet system for single-crystal scattering studies," Z. Islam, D. Capatina, J.P.C. Ruff, R.K. Das, E. Trakhtenberg, H. Nojiri, Y. Narumi, U. Welp, P.C. Canfield, Rev. Sci. Instrum.  83, 035101 (2012).
  4. "In-Plane Resistivity Anisotropy in an Underdoped Iron Arsenide Superconductor," J.-H Chu, J.G. Analytis, K. De Greve, P.L. McMahon, Z. Islam, Y. Yamamoto, I.R. Fisher, Science  329, 824 (2010)
  5. "Magnetoelastics of a Spin Liquid: X-Ray Diffraction Studies of Tb2Ti2O7 in Pulsed Magnetic Fields," J.P.C. Ruff, Z. Islam, J.P. Clancy, K.A. Ross, H. Nojiri, Y.H. Matsuda, H.A. Dabkowska, A.D. Dabkowski, B.D. Gaulin, Phys. Rev. Lett.  105, 077203 (2010).
  6. "Charge Order, Dynamics, and Magnetostructural Transition in Multiferroic LuFe2O4", X.S. Xu, M. Angst, T.V. Brinzari, R.P. Hermann, J.L. Musfeldt, A.D. Christianson, D. Mandrus, B.C. Sales, S. McGill, J.-W. Kim, Z. Islam, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 227602 (2008).
  7. "Fermi-surface-induced lattice modulation and charge-density wave in optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7−x,", X. Liu, Z. Islam, S. K. Sinha, S. C. Moss, R. J. McQueeney, J. C. Lang, and U. Welp, Phys. Rev. B 78, 134526 (2008).
  8. "A 4-unit-cell superstructure in optimally doped YBa2Cu3O6.93 superconductor", Z. Islam, X. Liu, S. K. Sinha, J. C. Lang, S. C. Moss, D. Haskel, D. R. Lee, G. Srajer, P. Wochner, D. R. Lee, D. R. Haeffner, U. Welp Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 157008 (2004).
  9. “High-resolution polarization studies of long-range magnetic order in cuprates”, Z. Islam, D. Haskel, J. C. Lang, G. Srajer, X. Liu, S. K. Sinha, and B. W. Veal. Phys. Rev. B 71, 212506 (2005)
  10. "Momentum-resolved charge excitations in a prototype one dimensional Mott insulator", M. Z. Hasan, P. A. Montano, E. D. Isaacs, Z.-X. Shen, S. K. Sinha, H. Eisaki, Z. Islam, N. Motoyama, and S. Uchida, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 177403 (2002).
  11. "Effects of band filling on magnetic structures: The case of RNi2Ge2", Z. Islam, C. Detlefs, C. Song, A. I. Goldman, V. Antropov, B. N. Harmon, S. L. Bud'ko, T. Wiener, P. C. Canfield, D. Wermeille, and K. D. Finkelstein, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 2817 (1999).
  12. "Reinvestigation of long-range magnetic ordering in icosahedral Tb-Mg-Zn", Z. Islam, I. R. Fisher, J. Zarestky, P. C. Canfield, C. Stassis, and A. I. Goldman, Phys. Rev. B 57, R11047 (1998).
  13. "Neutron diffraction and x-ray resonant exchange scattering studies of the zero-field magnetic structures of TbNi2Ge2", Z. Islam, C. Detlefs, A. I. Goldman, S. L. Bud'ko, P. C. Canfield, J. P. Hill, Doon Gibbs, T. Vogt, and A. Zheludev, Phys. Rev. B 58, 8522 (1998)