George Mason University
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
MS 3F3
Planetary Hall, Room 209
Fairfax, VA 22030



Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy
George Mason University

Adjunct Associate Professor

Institute for Quantum Matter, PI
Johns Hopkins University

I am a condensed matter theorist interested in the physics of strongly correlated electrons and ultra-cold atoms. My work is focused on trying to understand the unconventional phases and phase transitions of many-body quantum systems, using mostly analytical methods of quantum field theory. The subjects of my research are strongly correlated topological insulators, high-temperature superconductors (cuprates and iron-based), ultra-cold atoms in the unitarity regime, and frustrated quantum magnets.

Featured publications:

  • Interaction Driven Subgap Spin Exciton in the Kondo Insulator SmB6, W. T. Fuhrman, J. Leiner, P.N,, PRL 114, 036401 (2015).
  • Effective theory of fractional topological insulators in two spatial dimensions, P.N., PRB 87, 245120 (2013).
  • Fractional topological insulators of Cooper pairs induced by proximity effect, P.N., T.Đurić, Z.Tešanović, PRL 110, 176804 (2013).
  • Renormalization group fixed points, universal phase diagram, and 1/N expansion for quantum liquids with interactions near the unitarity limit, P.N., Subir Sachdev, PRA 75, 033608 (2007).
  • Physics of low energy singlet states of the Kagome lattice quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet, P.N., T. Senthil, PRB 68, 214415 (2003).

Research funding has been provided by:


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