Vito Scarola

Associate Professor of Physics

Theoretical Condendesed Matter

Experimental and theoretical studies of quantum condensed matter reveal remarkable collective phenomena, establish new trends in physics and can lead to engineering applications. Cornerstone examples of cooperative quantum condensed matter behavior include superfluidity of helium, field effects on the electron gas at semiconductor interfaces, the alignment of spins in ferromagnetic materials, the pairing of electrons in superconductors and quantum degeneracy of atomic gases in optical traps.

Our group uses advances in computational techniques to connect quantum models and experiments on quantum condensed matter systems. Examples of recent topics of interest include: quantum computing architectures, quantum degenerate gases in optical lattices, fractional quantum Hall effects, and nanostructures in two-dimensional materials.

Quantum Monte Carlo data showing a disordered supersolid of bosons in a cubic lattice.
Schematic of a fractional quantum Hall experiment paired with our calculations .
Electronic density obtained from modeling of a graphene nanoribbon.

Highlights of Our Research:

Quantum Hall Rotons: Science Perspectives 

Optical Lattice Supersolids: Nature News and Views 

Cooper Pairing of Composite Fermions: Nature News and Views

Selected Publications

Dispersion of the Excitations of Fractional Quantum Hall States,
I. V. Kukushkin, J. H. Smet, V. W. Scarola, V. Umansky, and K. von Klitzing,
Science 324, 1044 (2009).

Quantum Phases of the Extended Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian:
The Possibility of a Supersolid State of Cold Atoms in Optical Lattices,
V. W. Scarola and S. Das Sarma,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 , 033003 (2005).

Cooper Instability of Composite Fermions,
V. W. Scarola, K. Park, and J.K. Jain,
Nature 406, 863 (2000)

Recent Research Funding