Professor Gurarie’s research is focused on studying the emergent properties of the interacting quantum many body systems. These can be electrons in solids or cold atomic gases. Of particular interest are many body systems which form topological states of matter, the states whose collective excitations behave like particles which are fundamentally different from the underlying electrons or atoms. Other interesting states under investigation are interacting topological insulators, the states created in cold atomic gases by the artificial gauge fields, quantum gases in low dimensions and out of equilibrium. Mathematical aspects of the theory of these phenomena are also studied.
condensed matter physics, theoretical and mathematical physics, quantum many body theory, physics of cold atoms
PHYS 1010 - Physics of Everyday Life 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Intended primarily for nonscientists, this course covers physics encountered in everyday life. Topics include balls, scales, balloons, stoves, insulation, light bulbs, clocks, nuclear weapons, basics of flashlights, and microwave ovens. Department enforced prereq., high school algebra or equivalent. This course should not be taken if the student has a MAPS deficiency in math.
PHYS 5210 - Theoretical Mechanics
Variational principles, Lagrange's equations, Hamilton's equations, motion of rigid body, relativistic mechanics, transformation theory, continuum mechanics, small oscillations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory.
PHYS 7250 - Quantum Many Body Theory
Theory of quantum many body systems, including methods based on Green's functions, Feynman diagrams, and coherent state path integral with applications to interacting quantum gases, superconductivity and superfluidity, quantum phase transitions, quantum magnetism, quantum motion in the presence of disorder, and topological states of matter.
PHYS 7440 - Theory of the Solid State
Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
Stresses application to the solid state of physical concepts basic to much of modern physics, single-particle approximation, and the energy-band description of electron states in solids, pseudopotential theory applied to ordered and disordered systems, dynamical behavior of electrons in solids, lattice dynamics, Hartree-Fock and random-phase approximation in solids, many-body aspects of magnetism, and superconductivity.