Ian Affleck is a quantum physicist whose PhD was in elementary particle theory, an area he worked in almost exclusively until about 1984.
During that period, part of his research was on interface areas between particle physics and cosmology – in particular, phase transitions in the early universe and the baryon number assymmetry of the universe.
In 1984, his interests began to move towards condensed matter theory. Affleck’s present work is primarily in the area of strongly correlated electrons. Some of his most widely known research accomplishments have resulted from applying mathematical techniques from elementary particle physics to condensed matter physics. Despite the rather mathematical nature of much of his research, he has, on several occasions, worked quite closely with various experimentalists, including neutron scatterers at Atomic Energy of Canada and muon spin resonance experimentalists at TRIUMF.
Foreign Associate, French Academy of Sciences
Onsager Prize, American Physical Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Physicists
University Killam Professor, University of British Columbia