Eugene V Colla

Senior Lecturer


Eugene V Colla

Primary Research Area

  • Condensed Matter Physics
4137 Engineering Sciences Building

Research Statement

Investigations of highly disordered ferroelectric materials (relaxors). Relaxors are widely used in different applications due to their unique properties, but there is no comprehensive understanding of the physical nature of these properties. Study of dielectric and pyroelectric properties of such relaxors as PMN, PMN-PT, PLZT etc. Study of phase transitions and other properties of nanosize scale objects.

Teaching Honors

  • Doug and Judy Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics (2015)

Semesters Ranked Excellent Teacher by Students

Summer 2019PHYS 403
Fall 2018PHYS 403
Summer 2018PHYS 403
Fall 2017PHYS 403
Summer 2017PHYS 403
Spring 2017PHYS 403
Fall 2016PHYS 403
Summer 2016PHYS
Spring 2016PHYS 403
Fall 2015PHYS 403
Summer 2015PHYS 403
Spring 2015PHYS 403
Fall 2014PHYS 403
Spring 2014PHYS 403
Fall 2013PHYS 403
Spring 2013PHYS 403
Fall 2012PHYS 403
Fall 2011PHYS 403
Spring 2011PHYS 403
Fall 2010PHYS 403
Spring 2010PHYS 403
Spring 2009PHYS 403
Fall 2008PHYS 403
Spring 2007PHYS 403
Fall 2006PHYS 403
Fall 2005PHYS 403

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Eugene V. Colla, E. Yu. Koroleva, N. M. Okuneva, and S. B. Vakhrushev, "Long-Time Relaxation of the Dielectric Response in Lead Magnoniobate", Phys. Rev. Letters, vol. 74, 1681-1684, (1995).
  • Eugene V. Colla, A. V. Fokin, and Yu. A. Kumzerov, "Ferroelectric Properties of Nanosize KDP Particles", Solid State Commun, vol. 103, 127-130, (1997).
  • Eugene V. Colla, N. K. Yushin, and D. D. Viehland "Dielectric Properties of (PMN)(1-x)(PT)x Single Crystals for Various Electrical and Thermal Histories", J.Appl.Phys., vol. 83, 3298-3304, (1998)
  • Eugene V. Colla, A.V. Fokin, E.Yu. Koroleva, Yu.A. Kumzerov, S.B. Vakhrushev, B.N. Savenko, "Ferroelectric phase transitions in materials embedded in porous media", Nanostructured Materials, v12, 963, (1999)
  • Eugene V. Colla, L. K. Chao, M. B. Weissman, and D. D. Viehland, "Aging in a relaxor ferroelectric: Scaling and memory effects", Phys. Rev. Letters, v85, no14, 3033, (2000).
  • Eugene V. Colla, L. K. Chao, M. B. Weissman,"Barkhausen Noise in a Relaxor Ferroelectrics", Phys. Rev. Letters, v.88, 017601-1, (2002)
  • Wai-Hung Chan, Haydn Chen, Eugene V. Colla, "Temporal Effect of Low-Temperature Ferroelectric Behaviors in Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.60Sn0.30Ti0.10)O3 Ceramics", Appl. Phys. Letters, (2003), 82, no14, 2314-2316 (2003).
  • Maitri P. Warusawithana, Eugene V. Colla, J. N. Eckstein, and M. B. Weissman, "Artificial Dielectric Superlattices with Broken Inversion Symmetry", Phys. Rev. Letters, 90, 036802 (2003).
  • Eugene V. Colla and M. B. Weissman, "Two-step phase changes in cubic relaxor ferroelectrics" Phys. Rev.B72, 104106(1-7), (2005).
  • Eugene V. Colla, Phillip Griffin, Matt Delgado, M. B. Weissman, Z.-G. Ye, X. Long, "Polarization-independent aging in the relaxor 0.92PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3-0.08PbTiO3", Phys. Rev. B 78, 054103/1-5, (2008)

Related news

  • Education

When Physics senior lecturer Eugene Colla begins remotely teaching his Modern Experimental Physics course in June, he’ll be ready. Colla and his co-instructor, Prof. Virginia (Gina) Lorenz, collaborated with physics teaching lab specialist, Jack Boparai, and a team of teaching assistants to successfully convert the course to virtual instruction midway through spring semester in response to COVID-19.

Online conversion was no small feat for Colla, who has taught Physics 403 since 2004 and has watched the class size more than double in that time. The spring semester saw 28 students, including three exchange students from the United Kingdom.