The quantum many body problem in condensed matter is one of the grand challenges for 21st century physics. New states with striking properties emerge from the collective behaviour of interacting electrons in materials. Some of these materials lie at the heart of electronic devices that play an important part in our lives. Others are at the edge of our present understanding and will form the basis of future technologies -- for instance systems whose electrons are "strongly correlated". Due to the intrinsic difficulty of this field, an effective strategy for the discovery, understanding, and design of new strongly-correlated materials will increasingly involve experimentalists and theorists working closely together. This is the aim of the Hubbard Theory Consortium (HTC).
The HTC was founded in 2010 by (RHUL) within the framework of the South East Physics network (SEPnet) and in partnership with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell (including the ISIS Facilities and the Diamond Light Source) and with the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).
The HTC brings together condensed matter theorists in a growing and inclusive consortium to work in close collaboration with experimentalists using world-leading facilities at
- the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell (including the ISIS Facilities and the Diamond Light Source)
- the London Centre for Nanotechnology
- the Department of Physics at RHUL
In addition, the HTC aims to act as a hub of excellence to promote interactions with leading theorists and experimentalists from all over the world.
The HTC is a member branch of the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM-I2CAM).
- Theory of Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
- Cuprates, Pnictides, Ruthenates, and Other Unconventional Superconductors
- Interface Physics, Spintronics, Nanostructures with Spin Polarised Elements
- Dynamical mean field theory
- Density functional theory
- Functional renormalisation group theory
- Quantum criticality
- Cold atomic gases
- Nonequilibrium thermodynamics
- Frustrated magnetism
- Graphite in the ultra-quantum limit
|Director||Professor Piers Coleman||CMT, RHUL + CMT, Rutgers (founding member of HTC)|
|Deputy Director||Professor Matthias Eschrig||CMT, RHUL and ISIS (founding member of HTC)|
|CMCity-Coordinator||Dr Giovanni Sordi||Lecturer, CMT, RHUL and ISIS|
|CMCity-Course coordinator||Dr Sam Carr||Lecturer, FMG, University of Kent|
|Local Representative||Dr Andrew Ho||Lecturer, CMT, RHUL (founding member of HTC)|
|Local Representative||Dr Jorge Quintanilla||Lecturer, FMG, University of Kent, (founding member of HTC)|
|Local Representative||Professor Andrew Green||LCN / UCL|
|Local Representative||Dr Frank Kruger||Lecturer,UCL and ISIS|
|Local Representative||Dr Derek Lee||Senior lecturer, Imperial College London|
|Local Representative||Dr Claudio Castelnovo||Lecturer, TCM, U Cambridge, (founding member of HTC)|
|Dr Ryan Barnett||Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London|
|Dr Sam Carr||Lecturer, FMG, University of Kent|
|Dr Claudio Castelnovo||Lecturer, TCM, U Cambridge|
|Professor Piers Coleman||CMT, RHUL + CMT, Rutgers (founding member of HTC)|
|Professor Matthias Eschrig||CMT, RHUL and ISIS (founding member of HTC)|
|Dr Andrea Fischer||Postdoctoral research assistant, LCN/ UCL|
|Professor Andrew Green||LCN / UCL|
|Professor Andrew Fisher||LCN / UCL|
|Dr Andrew Ho||Lecturer, CMT, RHUL, (founding member of HTC)|
|Dr Aldo Isidori||Postdoctoral research assistant, CMT, RHUL|
|Dr Andrew James||Postdoctoral research assistant, LCN / UCL|
|Dr Frank Kruger||Lecturer, UCL and ISIS|
|Dr Derek Lee||Senior lecturer,Imperial College London|
|Dr Paul McClarty||PDRA/Junior Research Fellow, ISIS|
|Dr Gunnar Möller||Royal Society University Research Fellow, FMG, University of Kent|
|Dr Chris Pedder||Postdoctoral research assistant, LCN / UCL|
|Dr Anna Posazhennikova||Lecturer, CMT, RHUL|
|Dr Jorge Quintanilla||Lecturer, FMG, University of Kent, (founding member of HTC)|
|Professor Keith Refson||CMT, RHUL and ISIS|
|Dr Giovanni Sordi||Lecturer, CMT, RHUL and ISIS|
|Dr Vid Stojevic||Postdoctoral research assistant, LCN / UCL|
|Dr Xavier Montiel||RHUL|
|Dr Yu-Chin Tzeng||Kent|
|Dr Christopher Winterowd||Kent|
|Philip Crowley||LCN/ UCL|
|Gregor Hannappel||LCN/ UCL|
|Thomas Kirk||LCN/ UCL|
|James Varley||Imperial College London|
|Phil Whittlesea||FMG, University of Kent|
|Dr Evgeny Egorov||PhD student 2014-2018 (RHUL)|
|Dr Aldo Isidori||PhD student (RHUL)|
Dr Hannah Irons
|Dr Bruno Tomasello||PhD Student|
|Dr Lorenzo Fratino||PhD student 2014-2018 (RHUL)|
|Dr Eugene Balkind||PhD student 2012-2016, (RHUL)|
|Dr Francisco Aguilar Cordobes||PhD student 2010-2014(RHUL)|
|Dr Una Kaharasanovic||Postdoctoral research assistant 2012-2013, (RHUL, UCambridge)|
|Dr Meera Parish||Lecturer, (LCN/ UCL)|
|Dr Nataliya Pugach||Postdoctoral research assistant Jan-July 2014, CMT, RHUL|
|Dr Gabriele Sala||PhD student 2010-2014, (RHUL)|
|Dr Priya Sharma||Postdoctoral research assistant 2010-2012, (RHUL)|
|Dr Niclas Wennerdal||PhD student 2011-2015, (RHUL)|
|Dr Paul McClarty||PDRA/Junior Research Fellow,ISIS|
|Professor Gabriel Aeppli||Quain Professor of Physics, London Centre for Nanotechnology, Head of the Department of Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Professor at ETH Zurich and at EPFL|
|Professor Jon Goff||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Dr Meera Parish||Lecturer, Monash University|
|Dr Nataliya Pugach||Senior Researcher, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU)|
|Professor John Saunders||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Professor Jörg Schmalian||Director of TKM, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology|
|Dr Andrew Taylor||Executive Director of STFC National Laboratories|
The activities of the Hubbard Theory Consortium currently include two series of scientific events:
Condensed Matter Physics in the City
- Condensed Matter Physics in the City is an annual one-month workshop held in central London (Royal Holloway Bedford College), with additional events at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and at Royal Holloway’s main campus in Egham. These workshops are devised to foster theory-theory, theory-experiment and experiment-experiment interactions both across the UK and internationally.
Hubbard Theory Consortium Special Events and Symposia
- We organise Advanced Working Groups (AWG) and other special events. AWG's are focused workshops (up to 30 people) based at Royal Holloway and ISIS, aimed to target open issues and latest results that would benefit from a direct discussion between theorists and experimentalists informed/active in the relative field(s). Special events include for example a Special Symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Hubbard model.
- An EPSRC Research grant on Phase-ordering kinetics and defect dynamics beyond the Landau-Ginzburg description (EP/G049394/2) was running from 2010-2012, led by HTC founding member C. Castelnovo. Value £172,518.
- Royal Holloway University of London (PI M. Eschrig) in collaboration with University of St. Andrews, University of Leeds, Bath University, and the ISIS facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory received an EPSRC Critical Mass Research Grant from 2012-2016 on Generating, Imaging and Control of Novel Coherent Electronic States in Artificial Ferromagnetic- Superconducting Hybrid Metamaterials and Device (EP/J010618/1) Value: £398,598.
- The HTC supports experimental actvities in the groups of Jon Goff, Royal Holloway, University of London and Andrew Boothroyd, University of Oxford within a common EPSRC Research Grant (2012-2015) on The control of electrons through patterning of superstructures (EP/J011150/1). Value: £492,661.
- The HTC supports experimental activities at RHUL within a Research Grant of EPSRC on Emergence and out-of-equilibrium phenomena in frustrated magnets on pyrochlore lattices (EP/K028960/1). Value £ 368,931.
- The HTC supports experiments in the London Low Temperature Laboratory, led by John Saunders, on superfluid helium in cavities and on surfaces. Research is in part funded by the EPSRC on Topological superfluids under engeneered nanofluidic confinement: new order parameters and exotic excitations (EP/J022004/1). Value: £1,140,435.
- An EPSRC Research grant on A Pragmatic Approach to Adiabatic Quantum Computation (EP/K02163X/1) by HTC member Andrew Green was running from 2013 to 2014. Value: 163,251.
- An EPSRC Research grant on Testing Quantumness: From Artificial Quantum Arrays to Lattice Spin Models and Spin Liquids (EP/M007065/1) is currently running at University of Cambridge, led by HTC member C. Castelnovo. Value: £313,328.
- An EPSRC Research grant on Strong Correlations meets Materials Modelling: DMFT and GW in CASTEP (EP/M010880/1) within the "Software for the Future Call II" is currently led by HTC member K. Refson, RHUL. Value: £283,808.
- HTC member Andrew Green, LCN/UCL, participates in a Physical Sciences Programme Grant on Topological Protection and Non-Equilibrium States in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (EP/I031014/1). Value: £5,528,990.
- An EPSRC Leadership Fellowship Research grant on New Physics at the Interface Between the Classical and Quantum Worlds (EP/I004831/2) is currently held by HTC member Andrew Green. Value: 1,066,100.
- An EPSRC Research grant on Quantum Critical Dynamics of Tensor Networks (P/L001578/1) was held from 2011-2016 by HTC member Andrew Green (LCN/UCL). Value: 207,987.
- An EPSRC Programme Grant on Superconducting Spintronics (EP/N017242/1) is currently held by HTC member Matthias Eschrig (RHUL) together with Mark Blamire, Jason Robinson, and Andrew Ferguson (University of Cambridge). Value: 2,715,071.
PhD studentships in condensed matter physics are becoming available regularly. Please contact Prof Matthias Eschrig for details.
- ISIS Facility
- London Centre for Nanotechnology
- RHUL Condensed Matter Theory group
- Kent Functional Materials Group
- Cambridge Theory of Condensed Matter Group
- Imperial College Condensed Matter Theory Group
- Thomas Young Centre London
- National Physics Laboratory (NPL)
- PhD/Postdoc openings at RHUL