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Chris Hooley


Chris Hooley
Postal address:
School of Physics & Astronomy
Physical Science Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463171

Research overview

Chris Hooley is a Senior Lecturer in theoretical condensed matter physics at St Andrews, and also Operations Director of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics.  His research interests centre on the quantum many-body problem and its applications in the physics of strongly correlated electrons in crystalline solids, cold atomic gases, and nanoscale devices.

His active research topics at the moment are: the use of matrix product states to describe strongly correlated electron systems; vortex-mediated melting in layered systems with competing orders; the effect of the trapping potential on the many-body physics of ultracold atomic gases; the interpretation of partition function zeros at complex temperature; Majorana-paired mean-field states in magnetic systems; relativistic corrections to the electron-electron interaction in metals at low temperatures (with his student Sam Ridgway); and soliton solutions of the Einstein-Maxwell-Dirac equations (with his student Alasdair Leggat, co-supervised with Professor Keith Horne).  He also has research interests in non-equilibrium physics, particularly the out-of-equilibrium Kondo model, and in magnetostrictive effects, including the Invar phenomenon.

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