Maitri P Warusawithana

Assistant Professor

Physics • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
  • M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
  • B.S., Physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1998.



  • 2011 & 2012: Excellence in Mentorship, CIRL, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • 2010: First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University
  • 2000 & 2001: Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1995-1998: Fellowship (for excellent performance) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Publications & Presentations

  1. " LaAlO3 stoichiometry is key to electron liquid formation at  LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces," M.P. Warusawithana, C. Richter, J.A. Mundy, P. Roy, J. Ludwig, S. Paetel, T. Heeg, A.A. Pawlicki, L.F. Kourkoutis, M. Zheng, M. Lee, B. Mulcahy, W. Zander, J. Schubert, J.N. Eckstein, D.A. Muller, C. Stephen Hellberg, J. Mannhard, and D.G. Schlom. Nat. Commun. 4, 2351 (2013)
  2. "Quantification of octahedral rotations in strained LaA1O3 films via synchrotron x-ray diffraction," R.L. Johnson-Wilke, D. Marincel, S. Zhu, M.P. Warusawithana, A. Hatt, J. Sayre, K.T. Delaney, R. Engel-Herbert, C.M. Schleputz, J.W. Kim, V. Gopalan, N.A. Spaldin, D.G. Schlom, P.J. Ryan, and S. Trolier-McKinstry. Phys. Rev. B 88, 174101 (2013)
  3. "Coherent phonon generation and detection in ultrathin SrTiO3 grown directly on silicon" C. Cen, M.P. Warusawithana and J. Levy. Ann. Phys. 524, 429-433 (2012)
  4. "Enhancement of Superconductivity by a Parallel Magnetic Field in Two-Dimensional Superconductors" H.J. Gardner, A. Kumar, L. Yu, L. Wang, M.P. Warusawithana, O. Vafek, D.G. Schlom and P. Xiong. Nat. Phys. 7, 895-900 (2011)
  5. "A ferroelectric oxide made directly on silicon" Warusawithana M P, Cen C, Sleasman C, Woicik J C, Li Y, Kourkoutis L F, Klug J, Li H, Ryan P, Wang L-P, Bedzyk M, Muller D A, Chen L-Q, Levy J, and Schlom D G. Science 324, 367 (2009)

Book Chapters

  1. "Chapter 21-Atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy of complex oxide films and heterostructures," Eckstein J N, Zheng M, Zhai X, Davidson B, Warusawithana M P and Oh S. Molecular Beam Epitaxy, 509-528 (2013)

WarusawithanaContact Information

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