F. Duncan M. Haldane
Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics
Ph.D. 1978, Cambridge University
My research focuses on the fundamental theory of strongly correlated quantum many-body condensed matter systems, which may be realized in novel materials. One example is the fractional quantum Hall effect, observed in semiconductor hetero-structures placed in intense magnetic fields. I have been studying the novel incompressible Laughlin fluids, generalized to take into account spin degrees of freedom in such systems. Another topic of current research is novel states of quantum spin systems in which conventional ordering has been destroyed by quantum zero-point fluctuations. Many scientists agree that understanding this problem is relevant to high-temperature superconductors. Generally, my research focuses on possible new phases of condensed matter systems dominated by quantum fluctuation effects.