Jules P. Carbotte

Bio Outline


  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • McMaster University
Department of Physics & Astronomy


  • Canada


PhD, McGill University


In 1987, Jules Carbotte was founding director of CIFAR’s Superconductivity program (now Quantum Materials).

Carbotte works in condensed matter physics. His interests have ranged over several fields, including the theory of positron annihilation in metals, and calculations of the electron-phonon interaction in metals and its role in superconductivity and transport properties. He has also worked in the field of dilute metallic alloys, employing density functional theory to calculate electronic and lattice relaxation effects around impurity atoms.

At present most of his work is in superconductivity, with particular emphasis on the new high Tc oxides. With the aid of a postdoctoral fellow and seven graduate students, Carbotte is investigating how superconducting properties reflect the microscopic mechanism. Many theories have been proposed, based on electronic mechanism. These include the marginal Fermi liquid model (MFLM) and, more recently, d-wave superconductivity stabilized by antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations (ASF). Extensive numerical calculations of properties predicted in such models and comparison with existing experimental data are helpful in determining the limitations of these popular theories, which have both had some remarkable successes.


Metal Physics Medal, 1981

CAP Gold Medal, 1979

Steacie Prize, 1975

Herzberg Medal, 1974

Relevant Publications

Carbotte, J.P. "Properties of Boson Exchange Superconductors." Modern Phys. 62 (October 1990): 1027.

Prohammer, M. et al. "Thermodynamics of Retarded D-wave Superconductor with Resonant Impurity Scattering." Phys. Rev. B. 47 (June 1993): 15–152.