I am a (theoretical) physicist, working on problems in the field of “condensed matter”. Condensed matter systems involve many particles interacting with one another, such as in liquids, crystals, and more exotic materials like superconductors and topological insulators.
The beauty of condensed matter systems is that they are playgrounds for new physics and emergent laws of nature. Fractional charge in fractional quantum Hall systems and magnetic monopoles in spin ice are shining examples of the mysteries present in condensed matter systems.
Complex and novel behaviour can arise from a pattern of simple interactions – with the limitless possibilities akin to the subtleties of a grandmaster’s moves on a chessboard.
My research interests are in quantum condensed matter, specifically in the phenomenon of frustrated magnetism. I employ a variety of techniques, both analytical (e.g. field-theoretic approaches) and numerical (e.g. Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations), to gain an understanding of the fascinating interplay between order and disorder in such systems.
I am also interested in problems relating to the broad field of statistical physics as well, and in the ways the theories and methods of physics can add insight to topics in life sciences and biology. In particular, certain questions in the study of biofilms are promising research targets. I also have interests in complexity theory and artificial intelligence.
I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Oxford, based in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, as part of the Condensed Matter Theory group. My doctoral advisor is John T. Chalker, and we worked closely with our experimentalist colleagues in the Quantum Materials group at Oxford, as well as with experimentalists based at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source in Oxfordshire.
I used these slides to give a brief presentation to a non-specialist audience, consisting primarily of biologists of various stripes: