Catherine Bordel

Catherine Bordel


Office: 384 Physics North

Courses Taught

Physics 8A/B: Introductory Physics  
Physics 7A/B: Physics for Scientists and Engineers  
Physics 5BL: Introduction to Experimental Physics I
Physics 5CL: Introduction to Experimental Physics II
Physics 375: Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching of Physics  


I grew up in France and attended Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, where I received a PhD in Physics in 1997. I worked at IBM Almaden in the South Bay for about one year as a postdoctoral researcher, and then worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Rouen (France) for eleven years. I came to U. C. Berkeley in 2009, and have been a Physics Lecturer since then.

Research Interests

My research focussed on the interplay between structural order and magnetic properties in thin films and multilayers.


Ultrathin IBAD MgO films for epitaxial growth on amorphous substrates and sub-50 nm membranes, S. Wang, C. Antonakos, C. Bordel, D. S. Bouma, P. Fischer, and F. Hellman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 191603 (2016)

Scaling of the anomalous Hall effect in lower conductivity regimes, J. Karel, C. Bordel, D. S. Bouma, A. de Lorimier-Farmer, H. J. Lee and F. Hellman, EPL 114, 57004  (2016)

Magnetization switching and inverted hysteresis in perpendicular antiferromagnetic superlattices, M. Charilaou, C. Bordel and F. Hellman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 212405 (2014)

Using structural disorder to enhance the magnetism and spin-polarization in FexSi1-x thin films for spintronics, J. Karel, Y.N. Zhang, C. Bordel, K. Stone, C.A. Jenkins, David. J. Smith, J. Hu, R. Q. Wu, S.M. Heald, J.B. Kortright and F. Hellman, Materials Research Express 1, 026102 (2014)

Electron-mediated ferromagnetic behavior in CoO/ZnO Multilayers, H.-J. Lee, C. Bordel, J. Karel, D. W. Cooke and F. Hellman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 087206 (2013)

Thermodynamic measurements of Fe-Rh Alloys, David W. Cooke, C. Bordel, C. Baldasseroni, S. Moyerman, E. E. Fullerton and F. Hellman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 255901 (2012)

Fe spin reorientation across the metamagnetic transition in strained FeRh thin films, C. Bordel, J. Juraszek, David W. Cooke, C. Baldasseroni, S. Mankovsky, J. Minár,  H. Ebert, S. Moyerman, E.E. Fullerton and F. Hellman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 117201 (2012)

Evidence for nanoscale two-dimensional Co clusters in CoPt3 films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, J. Cross, M. Newville, B. Maranville, C. Bordel, F. Hellman and V. Harris, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22, 146002 (2010)

Three-dimensional atom probe investigation of Fe/Dy multilayers, A.Tamion, E. Cadel, C. Bordel and D. Blavette, Scripta Materialia 54, 671 (2006)

Microscopic origin of the macroscopic magnetic properties of TbFeCoN amorphous thin films, C. Bordel, S. Pizzini, J. Vogel, K. Mackay, J. Voiron, R.M. Galéra, A. Fontaine, P. Auric, J.B. Goedkoop and N.B. Brookes, Phys. Rev. B 56, 8149 (1997)