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Research overview

The physics of correlated electrons, magnetism and superconductivity .


My research interests concern the behaviour of solids in which the independent electron approximation breaks down, and the motion of any one charge carrier is said to be strongly correlated with that of all the others. A huge range of subtle many-body quantum states result from such a situation, the understanding of which represents one of the major challenges of modern physics. My favoured approach is through study of the low temperature properties of extremely pure oxide metals, magnets and superconductors.  From late 2013 my main research job will be as Director, Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, but I will retain a partial Chair and active research interests in St Andrews, supervising PhD students who will do joint St Andrews / Max Planck PhDs.

Future research

Correlated electron physics and quantum criticality

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.Sc. (1st Class Hons), University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., Physics, University of Cambridge


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