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Martha McCartney

Martha McCartney

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department of Physics
Arizona State University
PO Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Professor, Department of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


McCartney's research primarily involves using electron holography for the observation and measurement of electrostatic and electromagnetic fields associated with nanostructured materials. Off-axis electron holography is an electron-microscope-based interference technique that provides unique access to the phase of a scattered electron wave. The technique has been shown by McCartney and others to enable visualization and quantification of electrostatic and magnetic fields with very high spatial resolution and sensitivity, enabling unique insights into nanoscale physical phenomena to be obtained.


  • PhD, Physics, Arizona State University, 1989
  • BS, The Evergreen State College, 1983


Journal Articles


Smith, D. J., T. Aoki, J. K. Furdyna, X. Liu, M. R. McCartney and Y. Zhang. 2013. Atomic-scale characterization of (mostly zincblende) compound semiconductor heterostructures. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 471:Art. 012005. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/471/1/012005. (link )

Zhou, L., E. Dimakis, R. Hathwar, T. Aoki, D. J. Smith, T. D. Moustakas, S. M. Goodnick and M. R. McCartney. 2013. Measurement and effects of polarization fields on one-monolayer-thick InN/GaN multiple quantum wells. Physical Review B 88(12-15):125310. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.125310. (link )


Chakraborty, P. S., M. R. McCartney, J. Li, C. Gopalan, M. Gilbert, S. M. Goodnick, T. J. Thornton and M. N. Kozicki. 2003. Electron holographic characterization of ultra-shallow junctions in Si for nanoscale MOSFETs. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 2(2):102-109. DOI: 10.1109/TNANO.2003.812586. (link )

Gopalan, C., P. S. Chakraborty, J. Yang, T. Kim, Z. Wu, M. R. McCartney, S. M. Goodnick, M. N. Kozicki and T. Thornton. 2003. Shallow source/drain extensions for deep submicron MOSFETs using spin-on-dopants. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 50(5):1277-1283. DOI: 10.1109/TED.2003.813467. (link )

Singisetti, U., M. R. McCartney, P. S. Chakraborty, S. M. Goodnick, M. N. Kozicki and T. J. Thornton. 2003. Two-dimensional electrical characterization of ultrashallow source/drain extensions for nanoscale MOSFETs. Superlattices and Microstructures 34(3-4):301-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.spmi.2004.03.020. (link )