N. W. Ashcroft

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics




Ph.D., Cambridge University, 1964.




615 Clark Hall
Laboratory of Atomic & Solid Physics

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2501

Phone: (607) 255-8613
Fax: (607) 255-6428






Research Areas
Theory of many particle systems. Density functional theory (classical and quantum). Theory of dense hydrogen and matter under extreme conditions.

At present my research interests are concentrated in strongly correlated many-particle systems as they generally occur in condensed matter and statistical physics. More specifically, the topics of current interest include (a) classical and quantum density-functional-theories, and connections between the two, (b) general aspects of the metal-insulator transition, in two- and three-dimensions, (c) theory of the metallic phases of hydrogen and of matter under extreme conditions, (d) theories of electronically ordered states including charge-density-wave states and superconductivity, (e) band-theory and its applications to superlattice and heterostructure systems, and (f) descriptions of metal-glass interfaces via electronic density functional theory.


Last modified: October 10, 2007