Assistant Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD, Applied Physics, Cornell University, 2002

Website: Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Quantum Materials Lab

Research Interests

Our interests include insulator-to-metal transitions in vanadium dioxide, superconductivity, terahertz spectroscopy of interstellar ices, Quantum Hall systems, and wide band gap semiconductors. We utilize a number of electrical, time-integrated optical, and ultrafast optical spectroscopic techniques to study the ground state and optically perturbed materials.

Recent Publications

M. Krauß, D. J. Hilton, and H. C. Schneider, Ultrafast Hole-Spin Dynamics in Optically Excited Bulk GaAs, submitted for publication in Physical Review B (2011) (arxiv: 1012.4115)
T. Arikawa, X. Wang, D. J. Hilton, J. L. Reno, W. Pan, J. Kono, Terahertz Coherent Control of a Landau-Quantized Two-Dimensional Electron Gas, Physical Review B, 84, 241307 (2011), (arxiv:1109.6062)
X. Wang, D. J. Hilton, J. L. Reno, D. M. Mittleman, and J. Kono, “Direct Measurement of Cyclotron Coherence Times of High-Mobility Two-Dimensional Electron Gases”, Optics Express, 18, 12354 (2010). (arXiv:1003.2795).
Lei Ren, Cary L. Pint, Layla G. Booshehri, William D. Rice, Xiangfeng Wang, David J. Hilton, Kei Takeya, Iwao Kawayama, Masayoshi Tonouchi, Robert H. Hauge and Junichiro Kono, “Carbon Nanotube Terahertz Polarizer”, Nano Letters, 9, 2610 (2009), (arXiv:0903.2583).
D. J. Hilton, R. P. Prasankumar, E. J. Schelter, V. K. Thorsmølle, S. A. Trugman, A. P. Shreve, J. L. Kiplinger, D. E. Morris, and A. J. Taylor, “Ultrafast Spectroscopy of the Uranium(IV) and Thorium(IV) (Bis)ketimide Complexes (C5Me5)2An[-N=C(Ph)(CH2Ph)]2 (An = Th, U)”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 112, 7840 (2008).
D. J. Hilton, R. P. Prasankumar, S. Fourmaux, A. Cavalleri, D. Brassard, M. A. El Khakani, J. C. Kieffer, A. J. Taylor, and R. D. Averitt, “Enhanced photosusceptibility near Tc for the light-induced insulator-to-metal phase transition in vanadium dioxide” 99, 226401 (2007). (arXiv:0707.1054).
X. Wang, D. J. Hilton, L. Ren, D. M. Mittleman, J. Kono and J. L. Reno," Time-Domain Cyclotron Resonance of a High-Mobility 2D Electron Gas”, Optics Letters, 32, 1845 (2007). (arXiv:0704.1883).
C. A. Meserole, G. L. Fisher, D. J. Hilton, Q. X. Jia, D. J. Funk, and A. J. Taylor, “Fe(001) thin films for x-ray diffraction and terahertz emission studies” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 24, 1509 (2006).
D. J. Hilton, R. P. Prasankumar, S. A. Trugman, A. J. Taylor, and R. D. Averitt, “On photo-induced phenomena in complex materials: probing quasiparticle dynamics using infrared and far-infrared pulses” (invited), Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 75, 011006 (2006).
R. P. Prasankumar, A. Scopatz, D. J. Hilton, A. J. Taylor, R. D. Averitt, J. Zide, A. C. Gossard, “Carrier dynamics in self-assembled ErAs nanoislands in GaAs measured by optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy,” Applied Physics Letters, 86, 201107 (2005).
D. J. Hilton, R. D. Averitt, C. A. Meserole, G. L. Fisher, D. J. Funk, J. D. Thompson, A. J. Taylor, “Terahertz emission via ultrashort pulse excitation of magnetic metal films.”, Optics Letters, 28, 1805 (2004).
V. K. Thorsmølle, R. D. Averitt, X. Chi, D. J. Hilton, D. L. Smith, A. P. Ramirez, A. J. Taylor, “Ultrafast conductivity dynamics in pentacene probed using terahertz spectroscopy”, Applied Physics Letters, 84, 891 (2004). (arXiv:cond-mat/0401296).
D. J. Hilton and C. L. Tang. “Optical orientation and femtosecond relaxation of spin-polarized holes in GaAs” Physical Review Letters 89, 146601 (2002).
F. Ganikhanov, K. C. Burr, D. J. Hilton and C. L. Tang. “Femtosecond optical-pulse-induced absorption and refractive-index changes in Gallium Arsenide” Physical Review B 60, 8890 (1999).