Stephen Hill received his BA and D. Phil. degrees from the University of Oxford in 1991 and 1994, respectively. From 1995 to 1997, he held a postdoctoral positions at Boston University and the FSU National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), then took up faculty positions at Montana State University (1997 – 2001) and the University of Florida before moving back to FSU in 2008.
In addition to serving as a member of the FSU physics teaching faculty, Prof. Hill serves as Director of the Electron Magnetic Resonance (EMR) users program at the NHMFL. This is one of the most interdisciplinary programs at the lab, with affiliated faculty in physics, chemistry and biology departments at two campuses in Florida (FSU and the University of Florida). The EMR group in Tallahassee supports four full time staff scientists, as well as postdocs and as many as 10 affiliated graduate students.
Prof. Hill has nearly 20 years of experience performing microwave and far-infrared magneto-optical spectroscopy of materials in high magnetic fields, spanning the range from 0.3 to 200 cm 1 (9 GHz to 6 THz), using a wide array of compact, low-power sources and measurement techniques (cyclotron resonance, optical conductivity and electron paramagnetic resonance). Through this work, Hill has gained an international reputation in microwave-to-infrared spectroscopy of low-dimensional conducting, superconducting and magnetic systems in high magnetic fields, including significant technique development. Hill's recent research has focused on fundamental studies of quantum phenomena in molecular magnets and correlated electron systems (quantum magnets and superconductors), as well as structure property relationships in a wide variety of molecule-based magnets, or molecular nanomagnets. This work has resulted in over 160 refereed journal articles and over $3.5M in research funding.
Prof. Hill received a Cottrell Scholars Award from Research Corporation in 2000, and a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2003. While at the University of Florida, Hill received departmental and college teaching awards in 2006 and 2007, respectively.