John F. Zasadzinski

  • Paul and Suzi Schutt Endowed Chair in Science
  • Professor of Physics


B.S. Illinois Benedictine College
Ph.D. Iowa State University

Research Interests

My research interests primarily involve electron tunneling studies of novel superconductors using planar, point-contact and STM junctions. Materials include high temperature superconductors as well as the recently discovered CaC6 and MgB2. We were among the first groups to clearly observe two-band superconductivity in MgB2 and have recently observed very strong coupling in CaC6. Along with Prof. Liam Coffey, we have modified conventional Eliashberg theory to include d-wave pairing to analyze tunneling data in high Tc cuprates. We have shown that the spectral dip feature observed in tunneling spectra can be fit self- consistently and indicates that the pairing is due primarily to a narrow boson spectrum which appears to be the resonant spin excitation observed in neutron scattering.

I also have a renewed interest in the conventional, elemental superconductor Niobium. We are using tunneling spectroscopy to probe the surface superconductivity of Nb at the interface with its native oxide layers. This work has applications for the development of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities which are used for particle accelerators including the proposed international linear collider (ILC). This work is being done in collaboration with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratorie.


  • "Eliashberg Analysis of Tunneling Experiments: Support for the Pairing Glue Hypothesis in Cuprate Superconductors" O. Ahmadi, L. Coffey, J.F. Zasadzinski, N. Miyakawa, L. Ozyuzer, Physical Review Letters 106, 167005 (2011)
  • "Evidence of Surface Paramagnetism in Niobium and Consequences for the Superconducting Cavity Surface Impedance" T. Proslier, M. Kharitonov, M. Pellin, J. Zasadzinski, G.G. Ciovati, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 21, 2619 (2011)
  • Reply to "Comment on 'Counterintuitive Consequence of Heating in Strongly Drive Intrinsic Junctions of Bi2212 mesas'" C. Kurter,L. Ozyuzer, T. Proslier, J.F. Zasadzinski,D.G. Hinks, K.E. Gray, Physical Review B 84, 136502 (2011)
  • "The IcRn value in Intrinsic Josephson Tunnel Junctions in Bi2212 Mesas" C. Kurter, L. Ozyuzer, J.F. Zasadzinski, D.G. Hinks, K.E. Gray, Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 24, 101 (2011)
  • "Counterintuitive consequence of heating in strongly driven intrinsic junctions of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta mesas." Physical Review B, 81, 224518 (2010)
John Zasadzinski

Contact Information

312.567.5874 312.567.3494 148D Robert A. Pritzker Science Center