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Anton Andreev
Professor
Condensed Matter Theory
Electron transport in mesoscopic and disordered systems, Coulomb blockade devices, and in other low-dimensional electron systems; theory of speckles of coherent waves propagating through random media.
George Bertsch
Emeritus Professor
Many-particle Theory
I work on applications of time-dependent density-functional theory to laser and other electromagnetic interactions with condensed matter. Specific topics include dielectric response, dichroism, high-field response, and coherent phonon generation.
Marcel den Nijs
Professor
Statistical Physics
Equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and low dimensional quantum field theory, with applications to surface science, one dimensional quantum fluids and solids, and to neuroscience.
Lukasz Fidkowski
Assistant Professor
Symmetry and Topology
My research focus is on identifying and classifying exotic phases of matter. In particular, our group focuses on phases which cannot be understood in terms of traditional symmetry breaking Ginzburg-Landau theory, such as fractional quantum Hall phases and topological insulators (TIs). Recently we have been classifying strongly interacting versions of TIs, termed ‘symmetry protected topological’ phases, using tools such as topological quantum field theory and exactly solved models. We are also interested in other settings for realizing topological order, such as at non-zero energy density or in driven (Floquet) systems, aided by many-body localization.​
John J. Rehr
Emeritus Professor
FEFF and CMSN
Fundamental condensed matter theory, aiming at a quantitative understanding of electronic structure and many-body theory, using modern high performance computational techniques.
Michael Schick
Emeritus Professor
Theory of lipid membranes
Modulated phases of block copolymers and biological lipids; fusion of small vesicles and organization in lipid bilayers, such as the plasma membrane.
Boris Spivak
Professor
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Mesoscopic effects in metals; propagation of waves in disordered media; mesoscopic fluctuations in superconductors; mesoscopic phase separation in 2D systems; and classical kinetics.
David Thouless
Emeritus Professor and Nobel Laureate
Theoretical Physics