My research focuses on understanding many-body physics of strongly coupled
Prior to coming to JILA I worked on a variety of topics in theoretical
condensed matter and material physics, including:
* Exotic states in frustrated magnetic insulators;
* Unconventional superconductivity in strongly repulsive systems;
* Multiferroic materials;
* Kondo physics in heavy-electron systems and topological insulators.
Being at JILA (as a part of the Center for Theory of Quantum Matter) provides a
great opportunity for me to work at the interface between condensed matter and atomic
physics. Indeed, recent studies (done here at JILA) of ultracold ensembles of
alkaline earth atoms, such as strontium or ytterbium, showed that it is
possible to engineer and control such paradigmatic condensed matter systems as
the SU(N) magnets (relevant in the context of high-temperature and
heavy-fermion superconductors) or Kugel-Khomskii-type models (important for
multi-orbital perovskite materials).
I am involved in these projects trying to understand properties of the above
models and propose cold-atom experiments that can also shed light on the
physics of real correlated materials.