Steven R. White

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

PH.D., Cornell University, 1988

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1982, Physics, Math, and Economics (Triple Major, Summa Cum Laude)

Phone: (949) 824-2256
Fax: (949) 824-2174

University of California, Irvine
310L Rowland Hall
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of California
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697

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Condensed matter theory with emphasis on numerical approaches for strongly correlated magnetic and superconducting systems
Rahman Prize in Computational Physics, American Physical Society (2003)
Perimeter Institute Distinguished Visiting Research Chair (2012-present)
Professor White studies strongly correlated quantum systems using numerical simulations. These systems include high temperature superconductors and exotic magnetic systems, including spin liquids. Professor White utilizes tensor network methods, including the first and most successful such method, the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG), which White invented in 1992. The field of tensor networks has grown enormously in the last decade, with applications to many areas of physics and to other fields, such as quantum chemistry.
Publications S.R. White, "Density Matrix Formulation for Quantum
Renormalization Groups," Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 2863 (1992). The PRL Milestone paper of 1992, cited over 4000 times.
  S. Yan, D.A. Huse, and S.R. White,"Spin Liquid Ground State of the S=1/2 Kagome Heisenberg Model", Science 332, 1173 (2011)(Cover Article)
  Steven R. White and D.J. Scalapino, "DMRG Study of the
Striped Phase in the 2D t-J model,"
Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1272 (1998).
  S.R. White and A.E. Feiguin, "Real time evolution using the density matrix renormalization group", Physical Review Letters 93, 076401 (2004)
  N.E. Bickers, D.J. Scalapino, and S.R. White, "Conserving approximations for strongly correlated electron systems: Bethe-Salpeter equation and dynamics for the two dimensional Hubbard model," Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 961 (1989).
  S.R. White, R.M. Noack, and D.J. Scalapino, "Resonating
Valence Bond Theory of Coupled Heisenberg Chains,"
Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 886 (1994).
Fellow, American Physical Society
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2016)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Research Center Director, Tensor Network group of the Simons Collaboration on the Many Electron Problem
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