Professor Andy Schofield

Professor Andy Schofield

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor of Theoretical Physics

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Andy Schofield is Professor of Theoretical Physics.

His research is focussed on the quantum properties of matter. His 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. He works closely with a number of experimental research groups around the world.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics, 2002
  • PhD in theoretical physics, University of Cambridge, 1993
  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences Tripos, University of Cambridge, 1989

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.

Teaching

  • Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Theoretical Physics and Applied Maths

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Research

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.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Schofield, A 2019, 'Momentum-dependent power law measured in an interacting quantum wire beyond the Luttinger limit' Nature Communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 2821. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10613-2

Coldea, AI, Blake, SF, Kasahara, S, Haghighirad, AA, Watson, MD, Knafo, W, Choi, ES, Mccollam, A, Reiss, P, Yamashita, T, Bruma, M, Speller, SC, Matsuda, Y, Wolf, T, Shibauchi, T & Schofield, AJ 2019, 'Evolution of the low-temperature Fermi surface of superconducting FeSe1−xSx across a nematic phase transition' npj Quantum Materials, vol. 4, no. 1, 2. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41535-018-0141-0

Moreno, M, Ford, CJB, Jin, Y, Griffiths, JP, Farrer, I, Jones, GAC, Ritchie, DA, Tsyplyatyev, O & Schofield, AJ 2016, 'Nonlinear spectra of spinons and holons in short GaAs quantum wires' Nature Communications, vol. 7, 12784. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12784

Tsyplyatyev, O, Schofield, AJ, Jin, Y, Moreno, M, Tan, WK, Anirban, AS, Ford, CJB, Griffiths, JP, Farrer, I, Jones, GAC & Ritchie, DA 2016, 'Nature of the many-body excitations in a quantum wire: theory and experiment' Physical Review B, vol. 93, no. 7, 075147. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.93.075147

Watson, MD, Yamashita, T, Kasahara, S, Knafo, W, Nardone, M, Béard, J, Hardy, F, McCollam, A, Narayanan, A, Blake, SF, Wolf, T, Haghighirad, AA, Meingast, C, Schofield, AJ, V. Löhneysen, H, Matsuda, Y, Coldea, AI & Shibauchi, T 2015, 'Erratum: Dichotomy between the Hole and Electron Behavior in Multiband Superconductor FeSe Probed by Ultrahigh Magnetic Fields (Physical Review Letters (2015) 115 (027006))' Physical Review Letters, vol. 115, no. 21, 219902. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.219902

Watson, MD, Yamashita, T, Kasahara, S, Knafo, W, Nardone, M, Béard, J, Hardy, F, McCollam, A, Narayanan, A, Blake, SF, Wolf, T, Haghighirad, AA, Meingast, C, Schofield, AJ, V. Löhneysen, H, Matsuda, Y, Coldea, AI & Shibauchi, T 2015, 'Dichotomy between the Hole and Electron Behavior in Multiband Superconductor FeSe Probed by Ultrahigh Magnetic Fields' Physical Review Letters, vol. 115, no. 2, 027006. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.027006

Watson, MD, Kim, TK, Haghighirad, AA, Davies, NR, McCollam, A, Narayanan, A, Blake, SF, Chen, YL, Ghannadzadeh, S, Schofield, AJ, Hoesch, M, Meingast, C, Coldea, AI & Wolf, T 2015, 'Erratum: Emergence of the nematic electronic state in FeSe (Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2015) 91 (155106))' Physical Review B, vol. 91, no. 19, 195125. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.91.199905

Tsyplyatyev, O, Schofield, A, Jin, Y, Tan, WK, Ford, CJB, Griffiths, JP, Farrer, I, Jones, GAC & Ritchie, DA 2015, 'Hierarchy of modes in an interacting one-dimensional system' Physical Review Letters, vol. 114, 196401 . https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.196401

Watson, MD, Kim, TK, Haghighirad, AA, Davies, NR, Mccollam, A, Narayanan, A, Blake, SF, Chen, YL, Ghannadzadeh, S, Schofield, AJ, Hoesch, M, Meingast, C, Wolf, T & Coldea, AI 2015, 'Emergence of the nematic electronic state in FeSe' Physical Review B, vol. 91, no. 15, 155106. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.91.155106

Tsyplyatyev, O & Schofield, AJ 2014, 'Spectral-edge mode in interacting one-dimensional systems' Physical Review B, vol. 90, no. 1, 014309. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.90.014309

Tsyplyatyev, O & Schofield, AJ 2013, 'Luttinger parameters of interacting fermions in one dimension at high energies' Physical Review B, vol. 88, no. 11, 115142. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.88.115142

Nair, S, Wirth, S, Friedemann, S, Steglich, F, Si, Q & Schofield, AJ 2012, 'Hall effect in heavy fermion metals' Advances in Physics, vol. 61, no. 5, pp. 583-664. https://doi.org/10.1080/00018732.2012.730223

Schofield, AJ 2010, 'Quantum criticality and novel phases: Summary and outlook' Physica Status Solidi B-Basic Solid State Physics, vol. 247, no. 3, pp. 563-569. https://doi.org/10.1002/pssb.v247:3

Editorial

Schofield, A 2010, 'The Emergent and Hidden Unveiled' Nature, vol. 465, no. 7298, pp. 553-554. https://doi.org/10.1038/465553a

Paper

Schofield, A 2010, 'Quantum criticality and novel phases: Summary and outlook' Paper presented at International Conference on Quantum Criticality and Novel Phases, Aug 02-05, 2009. Dresden, Germany, 1/03/10, pp. 563-569. https://doi.org/10.1002/pssb.200983084

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