Curriculum Vita

Branton J. Campbell

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brigham Young University, N145 ESC, Provo, UT 84602
Tel: (801)-422-5758, Fax: (801)-422-0553
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CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: Group-theoretical analysis of structural order parameters (e.g. atomic displacements, site occupancies, magnetic moments, lattice strains) arising from phase transitions at commensurate or incommensurate wave vectors. Symmetry in periodic and modulated crystals, both magnetic and non-magnetic. Experimental x-ray and neutron scattering. Diffuse scattering studies of nanoscale structure-property relations in complex oxides (high-Tc cuprates, colossal magnetoresistive manganites, relaxor ferroelectrics, and open-framework materials).



Professor, 2014 - present

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

 Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Professor (2014-2015)

         Durham University, Dept. of Chemistry, Durham, UK

Professor, 2014 - present

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Associate Professor, 2008 - 2014

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor, 2002 - 2008

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Post Doctoral Research Associate, 1999-2002

          Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division

          Research supervisor: Ray Osborn

Ph.D., Materials Science, 1999

          University of California at Santa Barbara, Materials Science Department

          Research advisor: Anthony K. Cheetham

M.A., Physics, 1995

          University of California at Santa Barbara, Physics Department

B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Physics and Mathematics, 1993

          Brigham Young University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

          Research advisors: Harold T. Stokes and Larry V. Knight

          Brigham Young University, Department of Mathematics




American Crystallographic Association

      Materials Science SIG Executive Committee (2007, Chair 2008, 2009)

      Materials Science SIG Nominating Committee (2010, 2011, 2012, 2018)

      Session/Symposium/Workshop Chair/Organizer (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012,

        2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)

International Union of Crystallography

     Chair of the Commission on Magnetic Structures (2012-present)

     Secretary of the Commission on Magnetic Structures (2011-2012)

      Session/Symposium/Workshop Chair/Organizer (2008, 2014, 2017, 2020)

US National Committee on Crystallography

      Member (2013-2017)

      Vice-Chair (2018-present)

American Physical Society

Neutron Scattering Society of America

Scattering Facilities

     Neutron Scattering Science Review Committee for HIFR/SNS (2011-present)

     CORELLI/TOPAZ Instrument Development Teams at ORNL-SNS (2007-2012)

     UT/ORNL DOE EPSCoR Advisory Committee (2013-2014)

Journal referee

     Acta Cryst. A, Acta Cryst., Am. Miner., Appl. Phys. Lett., J. Appl. Phys.,

     J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nature Commun., Phase Transitions,

     Geophys. Res. Lett., J. Am. Ceram. Soc., J. Appl. Cryst., J. Chem. Phys.,

     J. Inorg. Chem., J. Magn. Magn. Mater., J. Mater. Chem., J. Phys. Chem. Solids,

     J. Solid State Chem., Physica B, Phys. Rev. B, Phys. Rev. Lett., and Z. Krist.



  1. “Topotactic, pressure-driven, diffusion-less phase transition of layered CsCoO2 to a stuffed cristobalite-type configuration”, N. Z. Ali, B. J. Campbell, M. Jansen, Acta Cryst. B75, 704-710 (2019).
  2. “Understanding the behaviour of the room-temperature molecular ferroelectric 5,6-dichloro-2-methylbenzimidazole using symmetry adapted distortion mode analysis”, Huiyu Liu, Weiguo Zhang, P. S. Halasyamani, H. T. Stokes, B. J. Campbell, J. S. O. Evans, I. R. Evans, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 13441–13448 (2018).
  3. "An algebraic approach to cooperative rotations in networks of interconnected rigid units", B. J. Campbell, C. J. Howard, T. B. Averett, T. A. Whittle, S. Schmid, S. Machlus, C. Yost, H. T. Stokes, Acta Cryst. A74, 408-424 (2018).
  4. "A general algorithm for generating isotropy subgroups in superspace", H. T. Stokes and B. J. Campbell, Acta Cryst. A73, 4-13 (2017).
  5. "An exhaustive symmetry approach to structure determination: phase transitions in Bi2Sn2O7", J. W. Lewis, J. L. Payne, I. R. Evans, H. T. Stokes, B. J. Campbell, and J. S. O. Evans,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 8031–8042 (2016).


  • 53rd International School of Crystallography: Magnetic Crystallography in Erice, Sicily, Italy (invited lectures), Jun 2019, B.J. Campbell, “Magnetic space group symmetry”, "MAGNDATA, magCIF, and communicating magnetic structures" (with J.M. Perez-Mato), “Building magnetic-structure models with the ISOTROPY Suite” (with H.T. Stokes).
  • American Crystallographic Association Meeting in Covington, Kentucky, Jul 2019, N. Z. Ali, B. J. Campbell, M. Jansen, "High-pressure topotactic transition of layered CsCoO2 to stuffed cristobalite form".
  • Frontiers of Research with Single Crystal Total Scattering at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois (invited lecture), May 2018, B.J. Campbell and H.T. Stokes, “Symmetry-mode analysis of local structure in complex solids”.
  • 24th Congress of the International Union of Crystallography in Hyderabad, India, Aug 2017, J.W. Lewis, I.R. Evans, J. Payne, J.S.O. Evans, H.T. Stokes, B.J. Campbell, “An exhaustive approach to solving and understanding the structures of complex inorganic materials".
  • Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand - Crystals 30 Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (plenary lecture), Apr 2016, B.J. Campbell, "Crystallographic representation analysis".


  • Hindu Banaras University, Depts. of Physics and Materials Science, Varanasi, India, Aug 2017, "Symmetry breaking in crystals", “Facilitating structure determination using the ISODISTORT software”.
  • University of Utah, Materials Science Dept., Salt Lake City Utah, USA, Nov 2016, “Single-crystal diffuse scattering as a probe of nanoscale structure ”.
  • Institute of Metal Physics, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, Jun 2015, “Group representations as a general tool for the solution of distorted crystal structures”.
  • Durham University, Dept. of Physics, Durham, UK, Mar 2015, “Beyond Landau theory: group representations as a general tool for parameterizing an entire phase diagram”.
  • University of Edinburgh, Dept. of Chemistry, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Jan 2015, “Symmetry-mode analysis of rigid-body rotations in crystals”.