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Annica Black-Schaffer

senior lecturer at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory

Mobile phone:
+46 76 7950649
Visiting address:
Room POL 18:118 Lägerhyddsvägen 5
SE-75237 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 516
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a condensed matter theorist and the work in my research group is mainly focused on the mechanisms and properties of unconventional and topological superconductivity. We use detailed models to study superconductivity in many different novel materials and superconducting hybrid structures.

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I am an associate professor (universitetslektor, docent) in Materials Theory, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.  I received my Ph.D. in condensed matter theory in September 2009 from Stanford University. I have also spent 1.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, NORDITA, in Stockholm. My research interests spans superconductivity, topological states of matter, and strongly correlated electron systems.

The research in my group is currently mainly focused on the mechanisms and properties of unconventional and topological superconductors. We mostly use low-energy effective models to study the properties of the superconducting state in many different novel materials. One of our main interests is topological superconductors with Majorana fermions. Approximately one can say that a Majorana fermion is half an electron, or more accurately, in a system with Majorana fermions the wave function of an electron has split up into two separate parts. We are also working on unconventional superconductivity in honeycomb-like materials, such as graphene, which are also prone to host topological superconductivity. Another larger area of current interest is expanding the mechanisms and materials for odd-frequency superconductivity, especially in spin-orbit coupled materials and multiband superconductors. 

Our work is supported by external grants from the Swedish Research Council, the European Research Council (ERC Starting grant), the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program, the Göran Gustafsson Foundation, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Previous support from the Wenner-Gren Foundations and the Carl Trygger Foundation is also gratefully acknowledged.

For more information and a complete list of publications, please see my CV (above).


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