Physics

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Professor Joseph Betouras

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Professor of Condensed Matter Theory

  • Ptychion (with Highest Distinction) University of Athens, Greece (1990)
  • MSc University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1992)
  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1997)
  • Marie Curie Fellow and EPSRC Post-doc Oxford University (1997-2000)
  • Scientific Assistant Antwerp University (2001-2003)
  • Visiting Scientist Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (2003-2005)
  • Visiting Scientist Lorentz Institute, Leiden University (2005-2006 for six months)
  • SUPA Advanced Fellow University of St Andrews (2006-2009)
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor Loughborough University (2009-today)
  • Quantum Criticality
  • Strongly Correlated Systems
  • Quantum Phase transitions
  • Novel materials

Some recent publications:

  • Catastrophe theory classification of Fermi surface topological transitions in two dimensions” with Anirudh Chandrasekaran, Alex Shtyk and Claudio Chamon, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 013355 (2020)
  • “Multicritical Fermi surface topological transitions” with D. Efremov, A. Shtyk, A. Rost, C. Chamon and A. P. Mackenzie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 207202 (2019)
  • “Novel phases in twisted bilayer graphene at magic angles as a result of van Hove singularities and interactions” with Y. Sherkunov, Phys. Rev. B 98, 205151 (2018).
  • “Effects of Lifshitz transitions in ferromagnetic superconductors: the case of URhGe” with Y.Sherkunov and A. V. Chubukov,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 097001 (2018).  
  • “Nematic phase in a two-dimensional Hubbard model at weak coupling and finite temperature” with S. Slizovskiy and P. Rodriguez-Lopez,  Phys. Rev. B 98, 075126 (2018).
  • “Entanglement scaling and spatial correlations of the transverse field Ising model with perturbations”  with R. Cole and  F. Pollmann,  Phys. Rev. B 95, 214410 (2017)
  • "Thermodynamics of the classical spin-ice model with nearest neighbour interactions using the Wang-Landau algorithm", with M. V. Ferreyra, G. Giordano, R. A. Borzi and S. A. Grigera, European Physical Journal B 89, 51 (2016).
  • "Magnetic fluctuations and specific heat in NaxCoO2 near a Lifshitz transition", with Sergey Slizovskiy and Andrey V. Chubukov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 066403 (2015).
  • “Effect of paramagnetic fluctuations on a Fermi surface topological transition in two dimensions” with S. Slizovskiy, S. T. Carr and J. Quintanilla Phys. Rev. B 90, 165110 (2014).
  • “Distinct magnetic phase-transition at the surface of an antiferromagnet” with S. Langridge, G. M. Watson, D. Gibbs, N. I. Gidopoulos, F. Pollmann, M. W. Long, C. Vettier and G. H. Lander Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 167201 (2014).
  • “Non-Landau damping of magnetic excitations in systems with localized and itinerant electrons” with A. V. Chubukov and D. V. Efremov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 037202 (2014).
  • “Nonlinear magnetization of graphene” with S. Slizovskiy Phys. Rev. B 86, 125440 (2012).
  • “Fermionic quantum dimer and fully-packed loop models on the square lattice” with F. Pollmann, K. Shtengel and P. Fulde Phys. Rev. B 83, 155117 (2011).
  • “Lifshitz transitions and crystallization of fully polarized dipolar fermions in an anisotropic two-dimensional lattice” with S. T. Carr and J. Quintanilla Phys. Rev. B 82, 045110 (2010).
  • “First-Order versus Unconventional Phase Transitions in Three-Dimensional Dimer Models” with S. Papanikolaou Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 045701 (2010).
  • Research Coordinator
  • Deputy Director Doctoral Programme (Physics)

 

Research Associates:

Anirudh Chandrasekaran (to start in May 2021)

Marios Georgiou (visiting)

 

PhD students (main supervisor):

Chris Briggs (writing up)

Alkistis Zervou (writing up)

 

PhD students (second supervisor):

Millie Panther (1st year)

 

Previous Research Associates and PhD students:

Sergey Slizovskiy (now Manchester University)

Pablo Rodriguez-Lopez (now Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid)

Peter Mason (now Kings Edward’s School, Birmingham)

Yury Sherkunov (now Oxford Technical Solutions)

 

Richard Cole (main PhD supervisor, now Tessella)

Ahmed Tarkhany (main PhD supervisor, now Garmian University, Iraq)

Akhi Qureshi (2nd PhD supervisor, now  World Fuel Services)

Michael Hermsley (main PhD supervisor, now Physics teacher)