Category Archives: Uncategorized

FQM Winter School

Hasitha attended the winter school and workshop FQM 2018 organized by the University of Maryland College Park. There he was learning fundamental growth, and characterization techniques, and new routes to approach in material synthesis. As a part of the winter school he visited the NIST Center for Neutron Research facility too.FQM 2018 participants and the organizing committee members posing for a group photo (Source: FQM 2018 homepage).

Hasitha with former group member Dr. Lekh  Poudel.






Trip to Vietnam

In December of 2017, my friend and colleague Manh-Huong Phan invited me to Vietnam to the ISAMMA 2017 meeting on the island of Phu Quoc.

We first stopped in Hanoi where I visited Professor Duc at Vietnam National University:

We then toured some labs at VNU, including this lab of Prof. Do Thi Huong Giang. I was generally impressed by the quality and capability of the labs.

We then flew to the beautiful island of Phu Quoc and spent a day looking around.





Of course after I saw some real honeycombs I started thinking about magnets and my talk.

Phan and I also got to meet two theoretical colleagues who have been working on Cr1/3NbS2, Jun Kishine and Alexander Ovchinnikov. We discussed future collaborations and they gave me us a hard copy of their fantastic review article:

Kishine, J.-I. and Ovchinnikov, A. S. “Chapter One – Theory of Monoaxial Chiral HelimagnetSolid State Physics 66, (2015): 1–130. doi:10.1016/bs.ssp.2015.05.001, Available at

Then I had a 36 hour trip back home!