Davide Pincini


PhD Student - University College of London




Office number: 1-168 (Z11)

Mobile: +44 (0)7901798976

Email: davide.pincini@diamond.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778354

Key Research Area


Donnerer, C., et al. "All-in all-out magnetic order and propagating spin-waves in Sm2Ir2O7." arXiv preprint arXiv:1604.06401 (2016).
Pincini, Davide, et al. "Crystallographic investigation of Au nanoparticles embedded in a SrTiO3 thin film for plasmonics applications by means of synchrotron radiation." Journal of Applied Physics 117.10 (2015): 105305. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4914865)
  1. Research Expertise
  2. Biography
Research Expertise -

My PhD project aims at the investigation of magnetic and electronic properties of strongly correlated system by means of elastic and inelastic x-ray scattering. My research activity is undertaken as part of the collaboration between the Materials and Magnetism I16 beamline at Diamond (under the supervision of Prof. Steve Collins) and the group of my supervisor at University College London (Prof. Desmond McMorrow).

The core of my project is on the physics of electronic correlations in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) probed mainly by Resonant Elastic X-ray Scattering (REXS), Non-Resonant X-Ray Magnetic Scattering (NRXMS) and Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS). The materials we are currently interested in are transition metal oxides (mainly single crystals) of the 4d and 5d series of the periodic table. In these compounds an interesting interplay between electron-electron correlations and strong SOC interactions occurs which gives rise to novel exotic phases of matters.

The experiments are carried out in different large scale facilities around the world. The elastic part of the investigation is mainly performed on I16 at Diamond, even though my group also applies for beamtime on BM28 (XMaS) at the ESRF and P09 at PETRA III. Inelastic scattering is mainly performed on ID20 at the ESRF and 27-ID at the APS. We also have collaborations with groups based at the free electron lasers in Stanford, US (LCLS) and Japan (SACLA) for the investigation of magnetic excitations through the pump and probe technique.

Recently I have also been working on the study of the properties of a series of 3d transition metal oxides weak ferromagnets. In this case we exploit the unique properties of the REXS and NRXMS cross section to unveil the details of the magnetic interactions at the origin of the non-collinear magnetism typical of these compounds.

Biography - +

I studied Physics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy) where I earned a bachelor’s followed by a master’s degree. Both of them consisted mainly of solid state physics classes, with a particular focus on semiconductors (for electronics and photonics application) and magnetic nanostructures.


My first experience in research was at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France) where I spent 10 months working as a trainee for my master thesis project. During that period I performed some x-ray diffraction measurements on the beamline ID06 as part of a collaboration between the beamline scientific staff and the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. The samples under study consisted of gold nanoparticles embedded in a strontium titanate thin film for plasmonics applications.