Research Interests

Stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in extremely anisotropic high-temperature superconductors such as Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 are a promising compact solid-state source of coherent radiation in the 'terahertz gap' range. At present, no such sources exist in the range from approximately 0.5 THz to 1.3 THz, and this region is of particular interest for many applications in science, medicine, and high-bandwidth communications, as well as and security and defense. Josephson plasmons propagating in IJJs can also be employed for signal-processing electronics at THz frequencies.



  • T. M. Benseman, A. E. Koshelev, V. Vlasko-Vlasov, Y. Hao, W.-K. Kwok, U. Welp, C. Keiser, B. Gross, M. Lange, D. Kölle, R. Kleiner, H. Minami, C. Watanabe, & K. Kadowaki, Current filamentation in large Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 mesa devices observed via luminescent and scanning laser thermal microscopy, Physical Review Applied, 2015, 3, 044017
  • T. M. Benseman, K. E. Gray, A. E. Koshelev, W.-K. Kwok, U. Welp, H. Minami, K. Kadowaki, & T. Yamamoto, Powerful terahertz emission from Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 mesa arrays, Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103, 022602
  • T. M. Benseman, A. E. Koshelev, K. E. Gray, W.-K. Kwok, U. Welp, K. Kadowaki, M. Tachiki, & T. Yamamoto, Tunable terahertz emission from Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 mesa devices, Physical Review B, 2011, 84, 064523
  • A. F. Bangura, P. M. C. Rourke, T. M. Benseman, M. Matusiak, J. R. Cooper, N. E. Hussey, & A. Carrington, Fermi surface and electronic homogeneity of the overdoped cuprate superconductor Tl­2Ba2CuO6 as revealed by quantum oscillations, Physical Review B (Rapid Comm.), 2010, 82, 140501(R)


Job History

  • 2015 - Current : Assistant Professor of Physics, Queens College
  • 2010 - 2015 : Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2007 - 2010 : Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2003 - 2007 : Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2003 : MSc, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand