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Research Update: Many-Body Localisation in 2 Dimensions

It’s been a while since I last blogged – again – but today I’m back with a quick update on some research progress. A while back, I posted about a new preprint that we’d just uploaded to arXiv, the repository where physicists routinely post drafts of their new papers before they go through peer review… Continue reading Research Update: Many-Body Localisation in 2 Dimensions

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Bring Me The Event Horizon

This feature-length article was originally written for the September-October 2017 issue of Popular Astronomy magazine. Through a modest 4-inch telescope on a clear night, you might be able to see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. Through a meter-wide telescope, you might just be able to make out the characteristic blips in… Continue reading Bring Me The Event Horizon

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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