• Assistant Professor, Physics And Astronomy

Research Statement


I am a condensed matter theorist, interested in the quantum physics of many-particle systems. The main objective of this area of research is to investigate various types of collective, or correlated, behaviors of many-particle systems containing macroscopically (or mesoscopically) large number of particles. The celebrated examples of the systems studied under this general title are macroscopic quantum phenomena, such as superconductivity, superfluidity, and magnetism, or various types Quantum Hall Effects and other correlation-driven phases in low-dimensional systems. More recently, essentially  over the past few years, this experiment-driven area has received powerful boosts from the discoveries of graphene, topological insulators, and Iron-based superconductors. Each topic from this not-even-close-to-exhaustive list led to a surge of publications in leading scientific journals. More importantly, they have advanced the fundamental science and technology.
My own expertise lies in the areas of mesoscopic physics and strongly correlated systems. My main research subjects are mesoscopics (quantum transport and physics of interacting disordered low-dimensional systems), spintronics (electric control of spin-orbit coupled ferromagnets), topological insulators (the interplay of strong correlations physics and band topology, disorder effects), and cold atomic systems (transient phenomena in ultracold gases).
In my work I look for a good balance between sophisticated analytic techniques and physical insight. It ranges from very technically challenging projects on the non-linear sigma model in disordered interacting system, and Larkin-Ovchinnikov description of quasiclassical transport in superconductors, to projects on transport in coherent quantum Hall bilayers and ferromagnetic resonance in nanoparticle arrays and artificial spin ices, aimed to understand the peculiarities of recent experiments. In fact, a great deal of my recent work is inspired by very fruitful collaborations with experimental groups led by Jim Eisenstein, Andrew Kent, Klaus von Klitzing, and Emanuel Tutuc. Needless to say, collaboration with my theorist colleagues  has contributed immensely to my progress.



  • Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav, Pesin, D. A. & Loss, Daniel (2015). Spin and orbital magnetic response on the surface of a topological insulator. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 91(4). Published, 2015.
  • Burkov, A. A., Panfilov, I. & Pesin, D. A. (2014). Density response in Weyl metals. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 89(24). Published, 2014.
  • Abanin, D. A., Grover, T., Parameswaran, S. A., Pesin, D. A. & Vishwanath, A. (2014). Probing the Chiral Anomaly with Nonlocal Transport in Three-Dimensional Topological Semimetals. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 4(3). Published, 2014.
  • MacDonald, A. H. & Pesin, D. A. (2013). Topological Magnetoelectric Effect Decay. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 111(1). Published, 2013.
  • ``Topological Magneto-Electric Effect Decay'', D. A. Pesin and A. H. MacDonald, cond-mat:1207.4444, submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett. Revise/resubmit(2), 03/2013.
  • Abanin, D. A. & Pesin, D. A. (2012). Interaction-Induced Topological Insulator States in Strained Graphene. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 109(6). Published, 2012.
  • MacDonald, A. H., Sodemann, Inti & Pesin, D. A. (2012). Interaction-enhanced coherence between two-dimensional Dirac layers. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 85(19). Published, 2012.
  • Pesin, D. A., MacDonald, A. H. & Sodemann, Inti (2012). Density, spin, and pairing instabilities in polarized ultracold Fermi gases. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 85(3). Published, 2012.
  • MacDonald, A. H. & Pesin, D. A. (2012). Quantum kinetic theory of current-induced torques in Rashba ferromagnets. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 86(1). Published, 2012.
  • Pesin, Dmytro & MacDonald, Allan H. (2012). Spintronics and pseudospintronics in graphene and topological insulators. Nature Publishing Group. Vol. 11(5), 409-416. Published, 2012.
  • MacDonald, A. H., Banerjee, S. K., Mou, X., Hassibi, A., Reddy, D., Register, L. F., Jung, W., Pesin, D. & Sodemann, I. (2012). Bilayer Pseudo-Spin Field Effect Transistor (BiSFET): Concepts and Critical Issues for Realization. The Electrochemical Society. Vol. 45(4), 3-14. Published, 2012.
  • ``Interaction-induced topological phases in strained graphene'', D. A. Abanin, and D. A. Pesin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 066802 (2012). Published, 08/2012.
  • ``Spintronics and Pseudospintronics in Graphene and Topological Insulators'', D. A. Pesin, and A. H. MacDonald, Nature Materials 11, 409–416 (2012). Published, 07/2012.
  • ``Quantum Kinetic Theory of Current-Induced Torques in Rashba Ferromagnets'', D. A. Pesin, A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 86, 014416 (2012). Published, 07/2012.
  • `Interaction-Enhanced Coherence Between Two-Dimensional Dirac Layers'', I. Sodemann, D. A. Pesin, A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 85, 195136 (2012). Published, 05/2012.
  • ``Density, spin, and pairing instabilities in polarized ultracold Fermi gases'', I. Sodemann, D. A. Pesin, A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. A {\bf85}, 033628 (2012). Published, 03/2012.
  • Abanin, D. A. & Pesin, D. A. (2011). Ordering of Magnetic Impurities and Tunable Electronic Properties of Topological Insulators. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 106(13). Published, 2011.
  • Pesin, D. A. & MacDonald, A. H. (2011). Scattering theory of transport in coherent quantum Hall bilayers. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 84(7). Published, 2011.
  • Pesin, Dmytro & Balents, Leon (2010). Mott physics and band topology in materials with strong spin–orbit interaction. Nature Publishing Group. Vol. 6(5), 376-381. Published, 2010.
  • Pesin, D. A., MacDonald, A. H., Yang, Shengyuan A. & Niu, Qian (2010). Theory of I-V characteristics of magnetic Josephson junctions. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 82(18). Published, 2010.
  • Andreev, A., Spivak, B. & Pesin, D. (2008). Conductance of d-Wave Superconductor/Normal Metal/d-Wave Superconductor Junctions. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 100(24). Published, 2008.
  • Pesin, D. & Andreev, A. (2007). Nonperturbative interaction effects in the thermodynamics of disordered wires. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 76(23). Published, 2007.
  • Pesin, D. & Andreev, A. (2006). Suppression of Superconductivity in Disordered Interacting Wires. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 97(11). Published, 2006.
  • Glazman, L., Houzet, M., Pesin, D. & Andreev, A. (2005). Quantum charge fluctuations in a superconducting grain. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 72(10). Published, 2005.
  • Pesin, D., Wyder, P., Gvozdikov, V., Vagner, I. & Jansen, A. (2004). de Haas–van Alphen and chemical potential oscillations in the magnetic-breakdown quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 70(24). Published, 2004.
  • Andreev, A. & Pesin, D. (2004). Coulomb-Blockade-Induced Bound Quasiparticle States in a Double-Island Structure. American Physical Society (APS). Vol. 93(19). Published, 2004.