Co-Founder in Residence
Professor David Pines is the founding co-director of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (a multicampus research program of the University of California) and Research Professor of Physics and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His seminal contributions to the theory of many-body systems and to theoretical astrophysics have been recognized by two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Feenberg Medal, Friemann, Dirac, and Drucker Prizes, and by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences and visiting professorships at the Université de Paris, University of Leiden, Colleège de France, Caltech, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the search for the organizing principles responsible for emergent behavior in matter, with particular attention to correlated matter, the study of materials in which unexpectedly new classes of behavior emerge in response to the strong and competing interactions among their elementary constituents. As the PI on a Los Alamos Directed Research Project on emergent behavior in correlated electron superconductors, with his postdocs and collaborators he explored ways in which one can get superconductivity without phonons, and the use of the spin-fermion model to examine the role played by magnetic quasiparticle interactions in bringing about superconductivity, pseudogap and quantum critical behavior in the cuprate, heavy electron, and organic superconductors. He is currently working on a two-fluid description of the emergent behavior found in the pseudogap state of underdoped cuprate superconductors and in the Kondo lattice. He continues his interest in the superfluidity of neutron stars as revealed by pulsar glitches, and in the origin of, and interactions between, elementary excitations in the helium liquids.