Writings on condensed matter physics for a general audience:

A mini-review for Nature, “The birth of topological insulators”, is available here.

I (JEM) served on a DOE Grand Challenges subcommittee chaired by Graham Fleming (UCB/LBNL) and Mark Ratner (Northwestern).  The resulting report is “Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination” (large file).

My own involvement was primarily with the fourth chapter, on the emergence of collective phenomena.

As part of the viewer’s guide for the powerofsmall.org website, I wrote an introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology for lay readers, on pages 5-7.

Primary support for group research is provided by the National Science Foundation through UC Berkeley and the Department of Energy through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Questions about this site should be directed to Joel Moore.  The picture of the Hopf invariant is by Ken Shoemake (Penn).

Last full update January 2009.

Joel Moore, Associate Professor

Department of Physics

366 Le Conte #7300

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720-7300

Tel: (510)642-8313  Fax: (510)643-8497


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Physics 211 (Spring 10), Physics 7C (Fall 09)

Physics 250 (Spring 09) (special topics course)

“Geometry and topology in many-particle physics”

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Ph.D. students: Gil Young Cho, Jonas Kjäll, Roger Mong, Vasudha Shivamoggi

Postdocs: Jens Bardarson, Pouyan Ghaemi (joint), Christoph Karrasch (joint), Shinsei Ryu (joint)

Alumni: 3 Ph.D.’s granted, 4 postdocs and 3 undergraduates supervised (as of 12/2010)

Welcome to the Moore Group

(The archived group site (2002-2008) is here.)


MIT minicourse “Recent developments in topological phases”

(.pdf slides and lecture notes)

APS March Meeting talk on topological insulators (PDF)

Berkeley colloquium on topological phases

(Click-through HTML; PDF)

We study a variety of problems in theoretical condensed matter physics.  Our main interest is in how complex and potentially useful phenomena arise from the quantum mechanics of many interacting particles.

Most of our research publications are available from the cond-mat archive at arXiv.org.

Four specific areas of current interest are:

spin, thermal, and electronic transport;

applications of quantum information to condensed matter; collective physics of ultracold atoms and electrons;

topological phases of matter.

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