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Carlos Sa de Melo
Professor
Education

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991

Research Interests

Theoretical condensed matter and ultra-cold atomic and molecular physics

My areas of interest include theoretical condensed matter and ultra-cold atomic and molecular physics. I strongly encourage my students to be broad, deep and creative. Breadth of knowledge is very important in today's physics job market, as is expert (deep) knowledge in a particular area. But most of all the development of new directions, never explored before is the dominant component of my research. Most of my interests are in many body aspects of condensed matter systems (superconductors, quantum magnets, and semiconductors) and atomic/molecular systems (ultra-cold atoms and molecules). Here is a list of my current research activities:

  • Ultra-cold atoms in the presence of spin-orbit and Zeeman fields
  • Topological quantum phase transitions in superfluids and superconductors
  • Quantum matter in Abelian and non-Abelian gauge fields
  • Multiband superconductivity in Iron superconductors
  • Interplay of magnetism and superconductivity
  • Quantum phases of ultra-cold fermions in optical lattices
  • Quantum phases of ultra-cold bosons in optical lattices

 

Papers:
  1. “Effects of spin-orbit coupling on the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and the vortex-antivortex structure in two-dimensional Fermi gases”, J. P. A. Devresse, J. Tempere and C. A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 165305  (2014).
  2. “Antiferromagnetic spatial ordering in a quenched one-dimensional spinor gas”, A. Vinit, E. M. Bookjans, C. A. R. Sá de Melo, and C. Raman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 165301 (2013).
  3. “Emergence of Majorana and Dirac particles in ultracold fermions via tunable interactions, spin-orbit effects, and Zeeman fields”,  Kangjun Seo, Li Han, and C. A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 105303 (2012).
  4. “Dipolar bosons in triangular optical lattices: quantum phase transitions and anomalous hysteresis”, D. Yamamoto, I. Danshita, and C. A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. A 85, 021601(R) (2012).
  5. “Evolution from BCS to Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless superfluidity in one-dimensional optical lattices”, M. Iskin, and C. A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 165301 (2009).
  6. “Stability of superfluid and supersolid phases of dipolar bosons in optical lattices”, I. Danshita, and C. A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 225301 (2009).