Tom Lancaster

Emergence in condensed matter physics

I have been a lecturer in Durham since moving here in January 2012. Before that I was a research fellow at Oxford University. I carry out research on emergent states in condensed matter physics, with a particular focus on novel magnetism and unconventional superconductivity. I’ve recently completed a textbook aimed at introducing quantum field theory – a key subject in investigating emergent phenomena - to a non-specialist audience.

Selected Publications

Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur, Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell (OUP: Oxford) 2014

Another dimension: investigations of molecular magnetism using muon-spin relaxation, T. Lancaster, S.J. Blundell, F.L. Pratt, Phys. Scr. 88, 068506 (2013).

Evolution of magnetic interactions in a pressure-induced Jahn-Teller driven magnetic dimensionality switch, S. Ghannadzadeh et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 241102 (2013).

Low-field superconducting phase in (TMTSF)2ClO4,, F.L. Pratt, T. Lancaster, S.J. Blundell, and C. Baines, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 107005 (2013).