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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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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

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The Role of Disorder: Under the Microscope

One of the biggest problems with researching quantum mechanics is that it’s often hard to visualise what we’re dealing with. Are we talking particles, or are we talking waves? Or are we talking about abstract excitations of a quantum field, somewhere between neither and both? For the most part, we focus on calculating properties that… Continue reading The Role of Disorder: Under the Microscope