Professor Herb Fertig studies electron systems, focusing on the emergent degrees of freedom and properties they support. Topology, quantum Hall effects, magnetism, and superconductivity all play prominent roles in these systems. Recent platforms of interest include Weyl semimetals, graphene, moiré materials (e.g., twisted bilayer graphene), and transition metal dichalcogenides. These host a variety of effects demonstrating the remarkable topological and/or correlated states which can appear in the many-body physics of electrons.
Distinguished Professor Jorge José is a theoretical physicist that has worked in a variety of complex systems research problems: i.e. in condensed matter physics, biological physics, nonlinear dynamics, quantum chaos, computational neuroscience and lately precision psychiatry. He is also interested in in the theory of glassy behavior, superconductivity, classical and quantum Josephson junction arrays and recently in cell biology, computational neuroscience and precision psychiatry. In tackling all these problems quantitatively he uses methods of statistical mechanics, condensed matter and non-linear physics.
Professor Gerardo Ortiz's research centers on the study and prediction of organizing principles and functionalities in strongly correlated matter, where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Superconductors, lanthanide and actinide materials, frustrated quantum magnets, multiferroics, ultracold atoms, quantum Hall systems, and topological quantum matter, are some examples of physical systems he focuses on. He is also concerned with topics of potential overlap with quantum information science, including foundations of physics.
Professor Emeritus William Schaich interests lie with the calculation of wave behavior near structured surfaces. The waves are usually electromagnetic, but also can be those of electrons or neutrons.
Associate Professor Babak Seradjeh is a theoretical physicist with a special interest in quantum dynamics of correlated, disordered, and/or topological states of matter and their potential applications for novel devices and quantum information processing. Our research entails close collaborations with experimentalists across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The systems of interest include topological insulators and superconductors, especially those driven out of equilibrium. In particular, we study synthetic solid-state or atomic many-body Floquet systems under periodic drives. Recent work has focused on realizations, dynamics, experimental signatures, and manipulation protocols of fractional states, e.g. Majorana fermions, as well as topological phases in irradiated graphene and driven quantum spin models.