Catherine Kallin


Department of Physics and Astronomy
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M1

Office: ABB-323

Phone:  (905) 525-9140 x23176
FAX:    (905) 546-1252

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Catherine Kallin did her undergraduate work at UBC and her graduate work at Harvard, where she received her Ph.D. in 1984. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara before joining the faculty at McMaster in 1986. She has spent research leaves at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1988), the University of British Columbia (1990), Cornell University (1992-93) and Stanford University (1996-97 and 2006). She has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a General Member of the Aspen Centre for Physics, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research program in superconductivity. In 1996, she received an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Quantum Materials Theory.

Dr. Kallin's research is mainly focused on the theory of strongly correlated electron systems. Examples include the two-dimensional electron gas (as realized in GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunctions, for example) in the quantum Hall effect regime, highly frustrated magnetic systems, and the high temperature superconducting oxides. Dr. Kallin employs both analytical and numerical techniques in her research and her work ranges from the very theoretical to close collaboration with experimentalists.

In particular, Dr. Kallin has ongoing collaborations with Dr. A. Pinczuk at AT&T Bell Labs, relating to the effect of electronic correlations in the two-dimensional electron gas, and with the experimental group of Dr. W.N. Hardy at the University of British Columbia on the microwave properties of the high temperature superconductors.

Present research projects include the development of a real space renormalization group technique for two-dimensional quantum systems, anyon superfluidity on triangle-based lattices and vortices in d-wave superconductors.

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