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Professor Nigel Cooper

Professor Nigel Cooper

Professor of Theoretical Physics

Fellow of Pembroke College

Room 500, Mott Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 765127


Nigel Cooper received a D. Phil from the University of Oxford in 1994. He held research positions at Harvard University and the Institut Laue Langevin, and was a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham before joining the Cavendish in 2000. He was awarded the 2007 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the nature and properties of the novel phases of matter that can emerge as a result of quantum mechanical effects in interacting many-particle systems. In particular, I am interested in the collective properties of ultra-cold atomic gases, and of electron gases in low-dimensional semiconductor structures.

Key Publications

"Optical Flux Lattices for Ultracold Atomic Gases", N. R. Cooper, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 175301 (2011).

"Observable Bulk Signatures of Non-Abelian Quantum Hall States", N. R. Cooper and Ady Stern Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 176807 (2009)

"Stable Skyrmions in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates". R. A. Battye, N. R. Cooper and P. A. Sutcliffe, Physical Review Letters 88, 080401 (2002).

"Quantum phases of vortices in rotating atomic Bose-Einstein Condensates". N. R. Cooper, N. K. Wilkin and J. M. F. Gunn, Physical Review Letters 87, 120405 (2001).

"Thermoelectric Response of an Interacting Two-Dimensional Electron Gas in Quantizing Magnetic Field". N. R. Cooper, B. I. Halperin and I. M. Ruzin, Physical Review B 55, 2344 (1997).

Please visit the publications webpage for a list of publications.