Photographer: Anne de Visser

dr. A. (Anne) de Visser

  • Faculty of Science
    Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
    Room number: C4.235
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94485
    1090 GL  Amsterdam
    T: 0205255732

I am an experimental physicist at the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute which is part of the IoP.  My field of research is Quantum Electron Matter, with a focus on the investigation and understanding of collective phenomena in novel materials, for example quantum phase transitions and unconventional superconductivity. The research has a strong fundamental component, but in the long term may lead to new functional materials in the fields of energy and spintronics. My experimental expertise is in measuring the transport, magnetic and thermal properties of bulk and 2D materials under extreme conditions, such as very low temperatures, high pressures and very strong magnetic fields. In addition, I use muon spin rotation/relaxation and neutron scattering techniques at large scale facilities to investigate quantum matter on the microscopic scale. I closely collaborate with the dr. Huang Ying Kai (single crystal growth), dr. Erik van Heumen (optical spectroscopy) and prof.dr. Mark Golden (ARPES and STM) and together we form the Quantum Electron Matter research group.

Research interests

Quantum phase transitions: Correlated electron systems can easily be driven to an antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic quantum phase transition by using mechanical or chemical pressure. In the quantum regime, close to absolute zero of temperature, thermal fluctuations are absent, and the transition is driven wholly by quantum fluctuations. At the quantum critical point the standard Fermi liquid theory for metals breaks down and new forms of matter may emerge.

Unconventional superconductivity: In a ferromagnetic metal superconductivity should not exist, since ferromagnetic order impedes phonon-mediated pairing of electrons in singlet states. But several years ago we discovered that, in the correlated metal UCoGe, in a twist of nature, superconductivity and ferromagnetism coexist. Such an unconventional superconducting state calls for an exotic explanation: on the verge of magnetism critical magnetic fluctuations mediate superconductivity by pairing the electrons in triplet states.

Topological insulators and superconductors: As regards charge transport, materials are divided into conductors and insulators. A few years ago a new class of materials was discovered:  topological insulators. Topological insulators have the extraordinary property that they are insulating in the bulk, but conducting on the surface. The surface states are protected by topology and consequently scattering processes are absent, which makes them potential candidates for applications in spintronics. Moreover, some topological insulators can quite easily be transformed into a superconductor, e.g. half-Heuslers. Topological superconductors are predicted to host Majorana zero mode states, which in turn may form a platform for quantum computation.


 Apart from supervising bachelor and master students for their final research projects, and PhD students, I am co-coordinator of the course “Oriëntatie Natuur- en Sterrenkunde”  for  second and third year bachelor students and I teach “Superconductivity: Fundamentals and Applications” in the AMEP track of the Physics Master.


I am co-author of over 260 publications in international refereed journals. For a complete updated list, including links to pfd’s, please visit my homepage.



  • Nikitin, A. M., Pan, Y., Huang, Y. K., Naka, T., & De Visser, A. (2016). High-pressure study of the basal-plane anisotropy of the upper critical field of the topological superconductor SrxBi2Se3. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 94(14). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.144516 [details]
  • Pan, Y., Nikitin, A. M., Araizi, G. K., Huang, Y. K., Matsushita, Y., Naka, T., & De Visser, A. (2016). Rotational symmetry breaking in the topological superconductor Sr x Bi 2 Se 3 probed by upper-critical field experiments. Scientific Reports, 6. DOI: 10.1038/srep28632 [details]
  • Pan, Y., Nikitin, A. M., Wu, D., Huang, Y. K., Puri, A., Wiedmann, S., ... De Visser, A. (2016). Quantum oscillations of the topological surface states in low carrier concentration crystals of Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey. Solid State Communications, 227, 13-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2015.11.008 [details]
  • Naka, T., Nikitin, A. M., Pan, Y., De Visser, A., Nakane, T., Ishikawa, F., ... Matsushita, A. (2016). Composition induced metal-insulator quantum phase transition in the Heusler type Fe2VAl. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 28(28). DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/28/285601 [details]
  • Sundermann, M., Haverkort, M. W., Agrestini, S., Al-Zein, A., Sala, M. M., Huang, Y., ... Severing, A. (2016). Direct bulk-sensitive probe of 5f symmetry in URu2Si2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(49), 13989-13994. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1612791113 [details]


  • Frantzeskakis, E., de Jong, N., Zwartsenberg, B., Bay, T. V., Huang, Y. K., Ramankutty, S. V., ... Golden, M. S. (2015). Dirac states with knobs on: Interplay of external parameters and the surface electronic properties of three-dimensional topological insulators. Physical Review B, 91(20), [205134]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.205134 [details] [PDF]
  • Frantzeskakis, E., de Jong, N., Zwartsenberg, B., Huang, Y. K., Bay, T. V., Pronk, P., ... Golden, M. S. (2015). Micro-metric electronic patterning of a topological band structure using a photon beam. Scientific Reports, 5, [16309]. DOI: 10.1038/srep16309 [details / files]
  • Nikitin, A. M., Pan, Y., Mao, X., Jehee, R., Araizi, G. K., Huang, Y. K., ... de Visser, A. (2015). Magnetic and superconducting phase diagram of the half-Heusler topological semimetal HoPdBi. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 27(27), [275701]. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/27/27/275701 [details]
  • Tytarenko, A., Huang, Y., de Visser, A., Johnston, S., & van Heumen, E. (2015). Direct observation of a Fermi liquid-like normal state in an iron-pnictide superconductor. Scientific Reports, 5, [12421]. DOI: 10.1038/srep12421 [details / files]


  • Pan, Y., Wu, D., Angevaare, J. R., Luigjes, H., Frantzeskakis, E., de Jong, N., ... de Visser, A. (2014). Low Carrier Concentration Crystals of the Topological Insulator Bi2−xSbxTe3-ySey: A Magnetotransport Study. New Journal of Physics, 16, 123035. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/12/123035 [details] [PDF]
  • Bay, T. V., Jackson, M., Paulsen, C., Baines, C., Amato, A., Orvis, T., ... de Visser, A. (2014). Low field magnetic response of the non-centrosymmetric superconductor YPtBi. Solid State Communications, 183, 13-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2013.12.010 [details]
  • Bay, T. V., Nikitin, A. M., Naka, T., McCollam, A., Huang, Y. K., & de Visser, A. (2014). Angular variation of the magnetoresistance of the superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe. Physical Review B, 89(21), 214512. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.214512 [details] [PDF]
  • Snelder, M., Molenaar, C. G., Pan, Y., Wu, D., Huang, Y. K., de Visser, A., ... Brinkman, A. (2014). Josephson supercurrent in a topological insulator without a bulk shunt. Superconductor Science & Technology, 27(10), 104001. DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/27/10/104001 [details]
  • Yan, B., & de Visser, A. (2014). Half-Heusler topological insulators. MRS Bulletin, 39(10), 859-866. DOI: 10.1557/mrs.2014.198 [details]


  • Frantzeskakis, E., de Jong, N., Zwartsenberg, B., Huang, Y. K., Pan, Y., Zhang, X., ... Golden, M. (2013). Kondo hybridisation and the origin of metallic states at the (001) surface of SmB6. Physical Review X, 3(4), 041024. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.3.041024 [details / files]
  • Pan, Y., Nikitin, A. M., Bay, T. V., Huang, Y. K., Paulsen, C., Yan, B. H., & de Visser, A. (2013). Superconductivity and magnetic order in the noncentrosymmetric half-Heusler compound ErPdBi. Europhysics Letters, 104(2), 27001. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/104/27001 [details] [PDF]


  • Bay, T. V., Naka, T., Huang, Y. K., Luigjes, H., Golden, M. S., & de Visser, A. (2012). Superconductivity in the doped topological insulator CuxBi2Se3 under high pressure. Physical Review Letters, 108, 057001- 1:4. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.057001 [details]
  • Bay, T. V., Naka, T., Huang, Y. K., & de Visser, A. (2012). Superconductivity in non-centrosymmetric YPtBi under pressure. Physical Review B, 86, 064155. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.064515 [details]


  • Gonçalves, A. P., Estrela, P., de Visser, A., Lopes, E. B., Catarino, I., Bonfait, G., ... Kaczorowski, D. (2011). Single-crystal study on the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet UZn12. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 23. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/4/045602 [details]


  • Gasparini, A., Huang, Y. K., Hartbaum, J., v. Löhneysen, H., & de Visser, A. (2010). Thermal expansion of the superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe. Physical Review B, 82(5), 052502. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.052502 [details] [PDF]
  • Gasparini, A., Huang, Y. K., Huy, N. T., Klaasse, J. C. P., Naka, T., Slooten, E., & de Visser, A. (2010). The superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 161(1-2), 134-147. DOI: 10.1007/s10909-010-0188-1 [details] [PDF]
  • Prokeš, K., de Visser, A., Huang, Y. K., Fåk, B., & Ressouche, E. (2010). Anomalous spin distribution in the superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe studied by polarized neutron diffraction. Physical Review B, 81(18), 180407(R). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.180407 [details] [PDF]
  • Sato, K., Naka, T., Taguchi, M., Nakane, T., Ishikawa, F., Yamada, Y., ... Matsushita, A. (2010). Weak itinerant ferromagnetism in Heusler-type Fe2VAl0.95. Physical Review B, 82(10), 104408. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.104408 [details] [PDF]


  • Huy, N. T., & de Visser, A. (2009). Ferromagnetic order in U(Rh, Co)Ge. Solid State Communications, 149(17-18), 703-706. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2009.02.013 [details]
  • Huy, N. T., Huang, Y. K., & de Visser, A. (2009). Effect of annealing on the magnetic and superconducting properties of single-crystalline UCoGe. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 321(17), 2691-2693. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2009.03.072 [details]
  • Slooten, E., Naka, T., Gasparini, A., Huang, Y. K., & de Visser, A. (2009). Enhancement of superconductivity near the ferromagnetic quantum critical point in UCoGe. Physical Review Letters, 103(9), 097003. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.097003 [details] [PDF]
  • de Visser, A., Huy, N. T., Gasparini, A., de Nijs, D. E., Andreica, D., Baines, C., & Amato, A. (2009). Muon spin rotation and relaxation in the superconducting ferromagnet UCoGe. Physical Review Letters, 102(16), 167003. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.167003 [details]
  • Sirenko, V., Gasparini, A., de Visser, A., Eremenko, V., Ibulaev, V., & Bruk, V. (2009). New details of the Fermi surface of 2H-NbSe2 revealed by quantum oscillations in the magnetostriction. Journal of Physics. Conference Series, 150, 042185. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/150/4/042185 [details] [PDF]
  • Wang, L., Köhler, U., Leps, N., Kondrat, A., Nale, M., Gasparini, A., ... Büchner, B. (2009). Thermal expansion of LaFeAsO1-xFx: evidence for high temperature fluctuations. Physical Review B, 80(9). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.094512 [details]
  • Yakunin, M. V., de Visser, A., Galistu, G., Podgornykh, S. M., Sadofyev, Y. G., Shelushinina, N. G., & Harus, G. I. (2009). Evolution of the spin-split quantum Hall states with magnetic field tilt in the InAs-based double quantum wells. Journal of Physics. Conference Series, 150(2), 022100-1:4. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/150/2/022100 [details] [PDF]


  • Huy, N. T., de Nijs, D. E., Gasparini, A., Klaasse, J. C. P., de Visser, A., & van Dijk, N. H. (2008). Evidence for a ferromagnetic quantum critical point in URhGe doped with Ru. Physica B-Condensed Matter, 403, 1260-1261. DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2007.10.139 [details]
  • Huy, N. T., de Nijs, D. E., Huang, Y. K., & de Visser, A. (2008). Unusual upper critical field of the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe. Physical Review Letters, 100(7), 077002. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.077002 [details]
  • Sakarya, S., Huy, N. T., van Dijk, N. H., de Visser, A., Wagemaker, M., Moleman, A. C., ... v. Löhneysen, H. (2008). Evolution of ferromagnetic order in URhGe alloyed with Ru, Co and Si. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 457(1-2), 51-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2007.03.094 [details]
  • Yakunin, M. V., Galistu, G., & de Visser, A. (2008). Tilted magnetic field quantum magnetotransport in the double quantum well with a sizable bulk g-factor: InxGa1-xAs/GaAs. Physica E : Low-dimensial Systems & Nanostructures, 40(5), 1451-1453. DOI: 10.1016/j.physe.2007.09.048 [details]
  • de Nijs, D. E., Huy, N. T., & de Visser, A. (2008). Simultaneous suppression of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in UCoGe by Si substitution. Physical Review B, 77, 140506(R-1:4). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.77.140506 [details] [PDF]


  • de Visser, A. (2010). Superconducting ferromagnets. In K. H. J. Buschow, R. W. Cahn, M. C. Flemings, B. Ilschner, E. J. Kramer, S. Mahajan, & P. Veyssière (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology. - 2nd ed.. Oxford: Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-008043152-9.02222-3 [details]
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