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Steven Kivelson Physicist

Steven Kivelson is interested in the qualitative understanding of the macroscopic and collective properties of condensed matter systems, and on the relation between this and the microscopic physics at the single electron or single molecule scale. He has been particularly interested in exploring the spectacular consequences of strong correlation effects in electronic materials and devices where the low energy properties are qualitatively different from those of a non-interacting electron gas. This field of study has been made particularly rich and exciting by the seemingly non-ending sequence of unexpected experimental discoveries that have occurred in this field over the past couple of decades — discoveries which undermine accepted beliefs and raise conceptually deep questions concerning the emergent behaviour of systems with many strongly interacting degrees of freedom. Presently, he is actively pursuing the implications of a theoretical proposal concerning the existence and character of a variety of zero temperature phases of correlated electronic systems, which he and his collaborators have named “electronic liquid crystalline.” Some of them have apparently already been observed, recently, in high temperature superconducting materials and in quantum Hall devices. In addition, he is involved with developing a new approach to understanding the old, but certainly unsolved problem of the glass transition in supercooled liquids.


Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2010.

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1995-96.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1984-86.

Fellow, American Physical Society


A.J. Heeger et al, "Solitons in conducting polymers," Rev. Mod. Phys. vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 781, 1988.



Associate Fellow Quantum Materials


Stanford UniversityDepartment of Physics


PhD Harvard University

MA Harvard University

BA Harvard University


United States

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