Andy Schofield

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Biography

Andy Schofield studied Natural Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he graduated in 1989 winning the Mott prize for physics and the Schuldham Plate. 

He stayed on in Cambridge where he undertook PhD research in the IRC for Superconductivity working on the theory of high temperature cuprate superconductors. He was elected a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and obtained his PhD in 1993.

In 1994 he moved to the USA where he worked at Rugers for two years, before returning to Cambridge. In 1997 Andy was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work on theories of non-Fermi liquids. He became Assistant Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College on the Natural Sciences Tripos. 

In 1999 Andy moved to the University of Birmingham and was promoted to Professor of Theroretical Physics in 2002. In that year he won the Institute of Physics' Maxwell Medal and Prize for work on the emergent properties of correlated electrons. From 2008-2010, Andy was Director of Research for the College of Engineering and Physical Science. In 2010 he became Head of School in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Since 2015, Andy is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Research interests

My interests lie in the field of strong correlated quantum systems and the new "emergent" phenomena that arise when interactions dominate the behaviour of quantum particles. Much of the motivation for this comes from experimental discoveries and I work closely with experimental groups from all over the world. Topics of current interest to me include

Full details of my research are kept on www.theory.bham.ac.uk/staff/schofield.

Willingness to take PhD students

Yes

PhD projects

Andy Schofield’s research is focused on the quantum properties of matter, in particular, strong correlated quantum systems and the new ‘emergent’ phenomena that arise when interactions dominate the behaviour of quantum particles.

Professor Schofield's interests include the physics of quantum criticality where quantum fluctuations drive matter between different states and can sometimes nucleate new ones. This can include novel magnetism and superconductivity. His research also covers unusual metallic states such as the Luttinger liquid, where the electron dissociates into its spin and charge degrees of freedom. Topics of current interest include:

Non Fermi liquids
Quantum criticality
High temperature superconductivity
Thermoelectric phenomena in correlated materials

Professor Schofield regularly supervises doctoral researchers in the area of correlated quantum systems.