Dr Karen Livesey

Dr Karen Livesey

Senior Lecturer

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics)

Career Summary

Biography

Karen Livesey is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, specializing in magnetic nanomaterials. Her research looks at magnetization dynamics in thin films and in nanoparticles, for a wide range of applications in biomedicine and in information technology.

She completed BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and postdoctoral training at CSIRO and at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS), before joining UCCS as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 2012. In 2018, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Physics with tenure. In 2020, Karen relocated to Newcastle, Australia, during a global pandemic.

Karen has won awards for her teaching, research, talks, and service. She has attained research funding from the US National Science Foundation, the UK Royal Society, and the Perimeter Institute in Canada. In 2018-19 she was one of 8 women in the world chosen as a Emmy Noether fellow of the Perimeter Institute. She has given 8 invited talks at international conferences and 14 invited seminars at departments on three continents.

In terms of teaching, Karen has taught Physics at every level from first-year through to PhD classes. She coordinated the UCCS Physics PhD program as it grew in the past decade and as it attained a national ranking for the first time. Her PhD students have won poster awards, three-minute thesis competitions, and funded fellowships.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Western Australia
  • Diploma in Modern Languages, University of Western Australia

Keywords

  • Electromagnetic theory
  • High-frequency dynamics
  • Magnetic nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Theoretical condensed matter physics

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/7/2018 - 30/6/2020 Associate Professor of Physics University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
United States
10/1/2012 - 30/6/2018 Assistant Professor of Physics University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
United States

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Europhysics Letters Distinguished Referee
European Physical Society

Research Award

Year Award
2019 Emmy Noether Visiting Fellow, 2018-19
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Scholarship

Year Award
2005 Seagate Technologies Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship
The University of Western Australia
2005 Hackett Postgraduate Award (3 years)
The University of Western Australia

Teaching Award

Year Award
2018 LAS College Outstanding Teaching Award
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Anderson N, Camley RE, Livesey K, 'Chapter 2: Probing Materials With Electromagnetic Waves: From Bulk Materials to Microstructures', Compendium on Electromagnetic Analysis From Electrostatics to Photonics : Fundamentals and Applications for Physicists and Engineers, World Scientific, Singapore (2020)
2015 Livesey K, 'Nonlinear Behavior in Metallic Thin Films and Nanostructures', Handbook of Surface Science 169-214 (2015)

In this chapter the nonlinear and chaotic behavior in primarily metallic nanostructures is reviewed. The article starts with a general discussion of macrospin dynamics and the way... [more]

In this chapter the nonlinear and chaotic behavior in primarily metallic nanostructures is reviewed. The article starts with a general discussion of macrospin dynamics and the ways one may characterize and study the nonlinear and chaotic regimes. Then thin films are discussed and in particular nonlinear thresholds and nonlinear damping will be overviewed. Finally, some interesting results for nanostrips and for structures that are nanometer-sized in all three spatial dimensions will be shown. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

DOI 10.1016/B978-0-444-62634-9.00004-7
Citations Scopus - 4

Journal article (33 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Balakrishnan PB, Silvestri N, Fernandez-Cabada T, Marinaro F, Fernandes S, Fiorito S, et al., 'Exploiting Unique Alignment of Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles, Mild Hyperthermia, and Controlled Intrinsic Cobalt Toxicity for Cancer Therapy', Advanced Materials, 2003712-2003712 (2020)
DOI 10.1002/adma.202003712
2020 Flores CQ, Stuart AR, Buchanan KS, Livesey KL, 'Analytic calculation for the stray field above Neel and Bloch magnetic domain walls in a rectangular nanoribbon', JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 513 (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.jmmm.2020.167164
Citations Scopus - 1
2020 Quispe Flores C, Chalifour C, Davidson J, Livesey KL, Buchanan KS, 'Semianalytical approach to calculating the dynamic modes of magnetic vortices with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions', Physical Review B, 102 (2020)
DOI 10.1103/physrevb.102.024439
2020 Munoz-Menendez C, Serantes D, Chubykalo-Fesenko O, Ruta S, Hovorka O, Nieves P, et al., 'Disentangling local heat contributions in interacting magnetic nanoparticles', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 102 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.102.214412
2020 McGrath BR, Camley RE, Livesey KL, 'Self-consistent local mean-field theory for phase transitions and magnetic properties of FeRh', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 101 (2020)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.014444
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2020 Torche P, Munoz-Menendez C, Serantes D, Baldomir D, Livesey KL, Chubykalo-Fesenko O, et al., 'Thermodynamics of interacting magnetic nanoparticles', Physical Review B, 101 (2020)
DOI 10.1103/physrevb.101.224429
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2019 Godec G, Livesey K, 'Computing the effective permittivity of composite materials using a finite difference method', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 87 465-470 (2019)
DOI 10.1119/1.5102146
2019 Hankiewicz JH, Stoll JA, Stroud J, Davidson J, Livesey KL, Tvrdy K, et al., 'Nano-sized ferrite particles for magnetic resonance imaging thermometry', JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 469 550-557 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.jmmm.2018.09.037
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
2019 Yarbrough PM, Livesey KL, Camley RE, Macedo R, 'Far-Infrared Reflection from Heterostructures Made of Ultrathin Ferromagnetic Layers', PHYSICAL REVIEW APPLIED, 12 (2019)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.12.024004
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2018 Macedo R, Livesey KL, Camley RE, 'Using magnetic hyperbolic metamaterials as high frequency tunable filters', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 113 (2018)
DOI 10.1063/1.5049602
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2018 Yarbrough PM, Livesey KL, 'Parallel pumping of a ferromagnetic nanostripe: Confinement quantization and off-resonant driving', JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 123 (2018)
DOI 10.1063/1.5003660
2018 Livesey KL, Ruta S, Anderson NR, Baldomir D, Chantrell RW, Serantes D, 'Beyond the blocking model to fit nanoparticle ZFC/FC magnetisation curves', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 (2018)
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-29501-8
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17
2017 Livesey KL, Camley RE, Celinski Z, Maat S, 'Magnetic shielding of 3-phase current by a composite material at low frequencies', AIP ADVANCES, 7 (2017)
DOI 10.1063/1.4978702
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2017 DeJong MD, Livesey KL, 'Domain walls in finite-width nanowires with interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 95 (2017)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054424
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2016 Livesey KL, Camley RE, 'Large, tunable microwave permittivity in a liquid doped with anisotropic particles', JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 120 (2016)
DOI 10.1063/1.4959987
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2015 Phelps MG, Livesey KL, Ferona AM, Camley RE, 'Tunable transient decay times in nonlinear systems: Application to magnetic precession', EPL, 109 (2015)
DOI 10.1209/0295-5075/109/37007
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2015 DeJong MD, Livesey KL, 'Analytic theory for the switch from Bloch to Neel domain wall in nanowires with perpendicular anisotropy', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 92 (2015)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.214420
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14
2014 Fuller RO, Livesey KL, Woodward RC, McKinley AJ, Skelton BW, Koutsantonis GA, 'Magnetic Studies of Metal Ion Coordination Clusters Encapsulated with Thiacalixarene', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 67 1588-1594 (2014)
DOI 10.1071/CH14136
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2014 Saville SL, Qi B, Baker J, Stone R, Camley RE, Livesey KL, et al., 'The formation of linear aggregates in magnetic hyperthermia: Implications on specific absorption rate and magnetic anisotropy', JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 424 141-151 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.03.007
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 46
2014 Karwin CK, Livesey KL, 'Microwave properties of twisted and supertwisted nematic liquid crystals with weak anchoring', LIQUID CRYSTALS, 41 707-716 (2014)
DOI 10.1080/02678292.2013.878813
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2014 Moore T, Camley RE, Livesey KL, 'Spin waves in a thin film with magnetoelectric coupling at the surfaces', JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 372 107-111 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.jmmm.2014.07.056
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2013 Karwin CM, Livesey KL, 'Liquid crystal phase shifters with a twist', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103 (2013)
DOI 10.1063/1.4818466
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2013 Livesey KL, Ding J, Anderson NR, Camley RE, Adeyeye AO, Kostylev MP, Samarin S, 'Resonant frequencies of a binary magnetic nanowire', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 87 (2013)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.064424
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 22
2012 Budrikis Z, Livesey KL, Morgan JP, Akerman J, Stein A, Langridge S, et al., 'Domain dynamics and fluctuations in artificial square ice at finite temperatures', NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 14 (2012)
DOI 10.1088/1367-2630/14/3/035014
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 51
2011 Fal TJ, Livesey KL, Camley RE, 'Domain wall and microwave assisted switching in an exchange spring bilayer', JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 109 (2011)
DOI 10.1063/1.3573497
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
2011 Livesey KL, 'Strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling in magnetostrictive/piezoelectric heterostructures and resulting high-frequency effects', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 83 (2011)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.224420
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2011 Nembach HT, Livesey KL, Kostylev MP, Martin-Pimentel P, Hermsdoerfer SJ, Leven B, et al., 'Magneto-optical observation of four-wave scattering in a 15-nm Ni81Fe19 film during large-angle magnetization precession', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 84 (2011)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.184413
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2010 Livesey KL, Camley RE, 'Magnetic metal cladding gives better attenuation in small waveguides operating at high microwave frequencies than nonmagnetic metals', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 96 (2010)
DOI 10.1063/1.3457478
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2010 Livesey KL, Stamps RL, 'High-frequency susceptibility of a weak ferromagnet with magnetostrictive magnetoelectric coupling: Using heterostructures to tailor electromagnon frequencies', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 81 (2010)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.094405
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
2010 Livesey KL, 'Exchange bias induced by domain walls in BiFeO3', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 82 (2010)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.064408
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 22
2010 Livesey KL, Stamps RL, 'Effect of transverse magnetic correlations on a coupled order parameter: Shifted transition temperatures and thermal hysteresis', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 81 (2010)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.064403
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7
2007 Livesey KL, Kostylev MP, Stamps RL, 'Parametric spin wave excitation and cascaded processes during switching in thin films', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 75 (2007)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.75.174427
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19
2006 Livesey KL, Crew DC, Stamps RL, 'Spin wave valve in an exchange spring bilayer', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 73 (2006)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.73.184432
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Woodward RC, Livesey KL, Stamps RL, 'Effect of reversal field on domain structures in TbFeCo', JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS (2004)
DOI 10.1016/j.jmmm.2003.12.369
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $321,200

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20183 grants / $273,700

Collaborative Research: How magnetic nanoparticles organize in extreme force gradients$253,000

Magnetic nanoparticles in fluids can click-together to make miniature stir sticks, scaffolds for building artificial bones, and even barriers to trap cancer cells and prevent their traveling through blood. To realize such structures, one must understand the forces that control how these particles come together. The research team is studying a novel method for connecting nanoparticles together under extreme magnetic forces that are many orders of magnitude larger than naturally occurring ones. Systematic real-time experiments and theoretical simulations are compared to understand the new physics of these systems and their potential applications in nanotechnology. Women and minority PhD and undergraduate students will be recruited for this work that takes place within two Physics departments. In the US, Physics has the lowest female and minority percentage of graduating PhDs of any discipline so this is of critical importance. Through their close interaction, the two groups will design a 30 minute long Magnetic Nanoparticle Show with videos and simple demonstrations, and then perform the show to school groups. This topic is very visual so students will be able to understand the results and the implications for exciting applications such as drug delivery, heating to kill cancer tumors, and lab-on-a-chip. Finally, the two PIs will give talks on nanotechnology at local "Science Cafes," where members of the public can come to discuss science.

Funding body: National Science Foundation

Funding body National Science Foundation
Project Team

Karen Livesey, Thomas Crawford, Casey Chalifour, Jonathon Davidson, Alexandra Stuart

Scheme Division of Materials Research, Condensed Matter Physics
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

Fast skyrmion dynamics for low-energy magnetic nanotechnologies IES\R1\180135$10,700

Funding body: The Royal Society

Funding body The Royal Society
Project Team

Paul S. Keatley, Karen Livesey

Scheme International Exchanges
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

Calculating the size and speed of magnetic skyrmions$10,000

Funding body: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Funding body University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Project Team

Jonathon Davidson (PhD student), Karen Livesey

Scheme CRCW Research Seed Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $10,000

Magnetization dynamics in magnetic nanowires: energy absorption and the effect of temperature$10,000

Funding body: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Funding body University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Project Team

Miriam DeJong (student), Karen Livesey

Scheme CRCW Research Seed Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20131 grants / $30,000

Magnetic shielding$30,000

Funding body: YTC America

Funding body YTC America
Project Team

Robert Camley, Zbigniew Celinski, Karen Livesey

Scheme Industrial contract
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

20121 grants / $7,500

Anchoring of liquid crystals$7,500

Funding body: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Funding body University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Project Team

Chris Karwin (undergraduate student), Karen Livesey

Scheme CRCW Research Seed Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Magnetic nanoparticle dynamics in fluids Physics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Sole Supervisor
2017 PhD Magnetic relaxation time in nanoparticle systems Physics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Sole Supervisor
2015 PhD Thermal properties of noncollinear magnetic structures Physics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD High Frequency Magnetization Dynamics Affecting Parallel Pumping, Reflectivity and Thermal Properties of Magnets Physics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Sole Supervisor
2014 Masters Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hematite Nanoparticle Deposition Onto a Substrate Physics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Sole Supervisor
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Dr Karen Livesey

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Focus area

Physics

Contact Details

Email karen.livesey@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 7559

Office

Room P112
Building Physics
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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