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Ian Affleck Quantum physics

Ian Affleck’s PhD was in elementary particle theory and he worked almost exclusively in that area until about 1984. During this 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 research interests began to move towards condensed matter theory. Affleck’s present research 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.


Fellow of Royal Society, 2010.

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Physicists, 2006.

University Killam Professor, University of British Columbia

Canadian Association of Physicists Herzberg Medal, 1990.

National Research Council Steacie Prize, 1988.

Relevant Publications

H. Karimi and I. Affleck Too, “Transverse spectral function and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions in XXZ spin chains," Phys. Rev. B, vol. 84, pp. 174420, Nov. 2011.



Senior Fellow Quantum Materials


University of British ColumbiaPhysics & Astronomy


PhD (Physics) Harvard University

MS (Physics) Harvard University

B.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics) Trent University



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