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New Paper: Time Evolution in Many-Body Localized Phases

This is just a short post to advertise our new pre-print that appeared on arXiv this morning: “Time Evolution in Many-Body Localized Phases with the Flow Equation Approach”. I’ll save the full write-up of it until the paper is properly published: for my non-academic readers, let me just be clear up front that this is… Continue reading New Paper: Time Evolution in Many-Body Localized Phases

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Seeing Into The Quantum Heart of Matter

When I moved to St Andrews as a long-haired, clean-shaven 17-year-old, it wasn’t to embark on a career as a quantum theorist – my degree was originally to be in astrophysics. For two years, I was an astrophysics student, before eventually ditching space in favour of quantum physics. There were two main reasons for this.… Continue reading Seeing Into The Quantum Heart of Matter

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Where Randomness Meets Subatomic Precision

In 1960, Theodore Maiman and co-workers created the world’s first laser. Working on the principle of Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, the beam produced by a laser is unique in that all the photons in the beam have both the same wavelength and the same phase. Because of this innocuous-sounding property, the humble… Continue reading Where Randomness Meets Subatomic Precision

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Workshop Log: King’s College London

I’ve just spent a really fun few days at King’s College London, at the PhD-student-run Workshop on Localisation in Quantum Systems, and since I blogged last week about the general research area I work in, I thought I’d do a little write-up of the workshop for anyone interested who couldn’t attend. Apologies that this is… Continue reading Workshop Log: King’s College London

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My Current Research Topic: Many Body Localisation

It’s always exciting in science when a surprise comes along and something you thought you knew turns out to be wrong. In the last decade, spurred on by recent experimental advances, condensed matter theorists have turned back to an old problem with renewed enthusiasm, and have discovered an enigmatic phase of matter that behaves unlike… Continue reading My Current Research Topic: Many Body Localisation