Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011, Physics
B.S., University of Rochester, 2006, Physics
B.A., University of Rochester, 2006, Mathematics
Phone: (949) 824-4231
University of California, Irvine
310J Rowland Hall
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Theoretical condensed matter physics
NSF CAREER Award, 2015.
Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2014.
Centennial Fellowship of The Graduate School, Princeton University, 2006-2011.
Davis International Center Graduate Student Teaching Prize, Princeton University, 2010.
Departmental Teaching Prize, Physics, Princeton University, 2008, 2009.
Renaissance Scholarship, University of Rochester, 2002-2006.
John Flagg Prize in Physics, University of Rochester, 2006.
Stoddard Prize in Mathematics, University of Rochester, 2004.
Phi Beta Kappa, 2005.
Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Condensed Matter Physics
University of California, Berkeley 2011—2014.
I am a theoretical condensed matter physicist focusing on strongly correlated materials. These are complex systems in which the approximation of treating the constituent electrons, atoms, or molecules as independent breaks down, leading to new phases of matter - often with striking consequences. Arising from the intricate interplay of competing interactions, they are inherently 'emergent' and their existence is difficult to predict from a knowledge of the microscopic properties of isolated atoms. A diverse set of analytical and computational tools is therefore required to fully characterize their properties.
I am generally interested in all aspects of condensed matter physics with a specific focus on topological phases of matter and their realization in correlated materials. Most recently, I have been interested in (i) the interplay of crystal symmetry with topological order, and the potential insights this offers to realizing exotic phases and phase transitions, especially in materials with strong spin-orbit coupling; and (ii) the physics of strongly interacting quantum systems in the presence of impurities, particularly isolated, many-body localized systems and models of 'non-Abelian anyons' with strong disorder. In the past, I have worked on quantum Hall systems, flat bands and fractional Chern insulators, chiral magnets and skyrmion crystals as well as on random graph models in statistical mechanics, and retain an interest in many of these topics.
NSF CAREER Award 'Topology, Symmetry and Disorder in Strongly Correlated Systems', 2015-2020.
UC President's Research Catalyst Award, UCOP (co-PI), 2014-2016, to establish California Institute for Quantum Emulation.
American Physical Society