Office: Duane F-615 (in Gamow Tower)


Phone: (303) 492-7466

Fax: (303) 492-3352

Office hours this semester:

Mon. and Wed. 10:30am-11:30am in Duane F-615


My Research Interests

I am a theoretical physicist interested in the identification, characterization and classification of phases and phase transitions of quantum many-body systems. One reason this is a rich and exciting area is that perhaps the most basic question — "What is a quantum phase of matter?" — is not well-understood. That is, the process of discovering new principles and physical properties that distinguish among phases of matter is very much an ongoing one. To address these and related issues, I employ a variety of theoretical and occasionally computational techniques. Some more specific current interests include topological phases of matter (especially so-called "symmetry enriched topological phases"), solid state materials with strong spin-orbit coupling and substantial electron interactions, and magnetism in ultra-cold atomic gases with large spin and enhanced spin symmetry.

My Background

I graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Physics in 2001. I pursued my graduate studies at University of California Santa Barbara, where my advisor was Matthew P. A. Fisher. I received my PhD in 2005, and moved to MIT where I was a postdoc in the condensed matter theory group until 2007, when I joined the physics department here in Boulder as an assistant professor. For more information, see my curriculum vitae.