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Dr. Claudio Castelnovo

Dr. Claudio Castelnovo

University Lecturer

Theory of Condensed Matter Group
Room 528, Mott Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337433


Claudio Castelnovo completed his undergraduate and master studies at the Universita' degli Studi di Milano in 2000. He received a PhD from Boston University in 2006 and moved to Oxford where he held an EPSRC postdoctoral fellowship. He was hired as a Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London in 2010 and moved to the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in 2012. In 2002, he won the Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Prize; in 2012,  the EPS CMD Europhysics Prize for the prediction and experimental observation of magnetic monopoles in spin ice; in 2013, the IUPAP C10 Young Scientist Prize.

Research Interests

My interests lie in the area of emergent and out of equilibrium phenomena in strongly correlated many body systems. Current research topics include the effects of hard constraints in classical and quantum systems; freezing and glassiness; response and equilibration properties of systems with fractionalised excitations; frustrated magnetism; topological order, quantum information and quantum computing.

Key Publications

C. Castelnovo, R. Moessner, and S. L. Sondhi, Magnetic monopoles in spin ice, Nature 451, 42 (2008)

D. J. P. Morris, D. A. Tennant, S. A. Grigera, B. Klemke, C. Castelnovo, R. Moessner, C. Czternasty, M. Meissner, K. C. Rule, J.-U. Hoffmann, K. Kiefer, S. Gerischer, D. Slobinsky, and R. S. Perry, Dirac Strings and Magnetic Monopoles in the Spin Ice Dy2Ti2O7, Science 326, 411 (2009)

C. Castelnovo, S. Trebst, M. Troyer, Topological Order and Quantum Criticality, chapter of the book ”Understanding Quantum Phase Transitions”, edited by L. D. Carr (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis, 2010)

C. Castelnovo, R. Moessner, S. L. Sondhi, Spin Ice, Fractionalization, and Topological Order, Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics 3, 35 (2012)

S. Mostame, C. Castelnovo, R. Moessner, and S. L. Sondhi, Tunable nonequilibrium dynamics of field quenches in spin ice, PNAS 111, 640 (2014)