Welcome to Broken Symmetry!
Current Research Interests
Disordered Quantum Matter
It’s been known for over a millenium that adding carefully controlled impurities into materials can change and even improve their properties: in the quantum world, this is more true than ever before.
Systems in thermal equilibrium are essentially static and unchanging: to describe the dynamics of the world around us, we need to study non-equilibrium effects, which can often have surprising consequences.
Once a die-hard pen and paper enthusiast, these days I’m getting a lot more interested in high-performance numerical techniques and in developing new tools to meet the challenges of modern research.
In quantum physics, a ‘glass’ is a disordered phase of matter that never reaches a true thermodynamic equilibrium. Understanding these phases is a major open question in modern statistical physics.