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James Hedberg

Lecturer (Doctoral)


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  • Profile


    McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    Course Lecturer Fall 2012 to present
    ‣ Taught introductory physics to undergraduate students and engineers.
    ‣ Developed activities for the McGill - Macdonald Campus Active Learning Lab

    Post-Doctoral Researcher 2011 to present
    ‣ Performed fundamental physics experiments on Graphene in the quantum Hall regime

    Graduate Researcher 2005 to 2010
    ‣ Designed and constructed a state of the art low-temperature physics laboratory
    ‣ Developed new methods for visualization of force microscopy data sets
    ‣ Supervised undergraduate research assistants

    Teaching Assistant August 2005 to 2010
    Courses include: Advanced Experimental Methods, First Year Electricity and Magnetism, Third Year Mechanics and
    Electromagnetic Waves.
    ‣ Managed/Coordinated a new, upper level Experimental Methods course
    ‣ Development of new interactive media for class time demonstration of physics concepts
    ‣ Led discussions regarding course material, marked assignments and prepared solutions
    ‣ Wrote a series of Historical Asides in Physics to accompany the course materials

    Physics Education Consultant, Media Developer
    WOW Labs! ! ! ! ! ! !
    August 2007 to present
    ‣ Designed, developed, and produced multimedia to accompany education materials for Canadian K-12 physical
    science programs
    ‣ Managed and served as consultant for undergraduate assistants of the program
    University of Texas – DMiller Studios, Portland, OR, USA
    Course Developer June to August 2005
    ‣ Wrote and developed an online, interactive physics course covering the fundamentals of undergraduate physics,
    from Classical Mechanics to Modern Physics

    Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
    Research Assistant August 2003 to May 2005
    ‣ Developed new nanoscale technologies in a collaborative project between the University and the Intel Corporation 
  • Education

    McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    PhD, Physics, 2011

    ‣ Thesis Topic: Ultra-Low Temperature Atomic Force Microscopy
    ‣ Advisor: Professor Guillaume Gervais
    ‣ Area of Study: Condensed Matter Experimental Physics

    Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
    MS, Physics, 2005

    ‣ Thesis Topic: Carbon Nanotubes as Electronic Components
    ‣ Advisor: Professor Jun Jiao
    ‣ Area of Study: Mesoscopic Physics – Biophysics

    St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, USA
    BA, Liberal Arts, 2000

    ‣ Thesis Topic: J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations 
  • Publications

    J.A. Hedberg et al, Probing Mesoscopic Conductance Fluctuations in Graphene using Scanning Gate Microscopy (in preparation)
    J.A. Hedberg et al, Quantum Hall Transitions in Graphene Imaged with Scanning Gate Microscopy. (in preparation)
    J.A. Hedberg, A. Lal, Y. Miyahara, P. Grütter, G. Gervais, M. Hilke, L. Pfeiffer, and K.W. West, Low Temperature
    Electrostatic Force Microscopy of a Deep Two Dimensional Electron Gas using a Quartz Tuning Fork, Applied Physics
    Letters, 97, 143107 (2010)
    J.A. Hedberg, The Most Imperfect Mirror, Le Panoptique, July 2008
    J.A. Hedberg, L. Dong, J. Jiao, Air Flow Technique for large scale dispersion and alignment of carbon nanotubes on
    various substrates, Applied Physics Letters, 86, 143111, 2005
    G.L. Rorrer, C.H. Chang, S.H. Liu, C. Jeffryes, J. Jiao, J.A. Hedberg, Biosynthesis of Silicon-Germanium Oxide
    Nanocomposites by the Marine Diatom Nitzschia frustulum, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 5, 1, 2005

    Conference Proceedings and Presentations
    APS March Meeting - 2012, Scanning gate microscopy on graphene in the quantum Hall regime, James Hedberg, Y.
    Miyahara, M. Hilke, G. Gervais, P. Grütter, J. Renard, J. Folk
    APS March Meeting - 2010, Low Temperature Scanning Force Microscopy for Probing the Edge of Quantum Hall
    Systems, J.A. Hedberg, A. Lal, Y. Miyahara, G. Gervais, P. Grutter, M. Hilke, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West
    Non-Contact AFM – 2008, Ultra-Low Temperature, High Magnetic Field AFM: Design and Operation, J.A. Hedberg, V.
    Sazonova, Y. Miyahara, C. da Cunha, G. Gervais, M Hilke, R. Bennewitz, P. Grütter
    International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology – 2008, Ultra-Low Temperature, High Magnetic Field AFM:
    Design and Operation, J.A. Hedberg, V. Sazonova, Y. Miyahara, C. da Cunha, G. Gervais, M Hilke, R. Bennewitz, P.
    Canadian Microscopical Society – 2008, 35th Annual Meeting, Ultra-Low Temperature, High Magnetic Field AFM: Design
    and Operation, J.A. Hedberg, V. Sazonova, C. da Cunha, G. Gervais, M Hilke, R. Bennewitz, P. Grütter
    J. Jiao, L.F. Dong, V. Chirayos, J. Bush, J.A. Hedberg, Methods of Dispersion and Alignment of Single-Walled Carbon
    Nanotubes and Effects on Their Structural and Electric Properties, Symposium G: Special Issue in International Journal of
    Nanoscience, 5 (2006)
    J.A. Hedberg, J. Jiao, V. Dubin, J. Dominguez, and R. Chebiam, Morphology and Field Emission Characteristics of
    Carbon Nanotubes Grown using Pt Catalysts, Microscopy and Microanalysis: Proceeding of the Electron Microscopy and
    Microanalysis 2004, 10, Supplement 2, 394-395 (2004) 
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