Tony McFadden

Postdoctoral Researcher
3221F Engineering Sciences Building


  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2009
  • B.S. Applied Mathematics, University of New Mexico, 2009
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, UCSB, 2012
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, UCSB, 2017


Tony joined UCSB in Fall, 2010 after receiving B.S. Degrees in electrical engineering and applied math from UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He joined the Palmstrom group in Spring of 2012, received his PhD in electrical engineering in Summer 2017, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher.


Tony’s PhD work was on ferromagnetic and half-metallic Heusler compounds, focusing on Heusler interfaces with oxides and heavy metals in epitaxial systems as well as fully epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions. He has also worked on low-dimensional III-V semiconductor systems with high spin orbit coupling and their interfaces with superconductors for applications in quantum computing. As a postdoctoral researcher, he will be working on developing widely tunable III-AsSb based lasers in the 2.2-2.6 micron range. His interests include materials growth by molecular beam epitaxy, ultrahigh vacuum characterization and surface science, microfabrication technology, and electrical device characterization.