Jules P. Carbotte
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Jules Carbotte obtained his Ph.D. from McGill in 1963, spent two postdoctoral years at Cornell and came to McMaster in 1965. In 1974, he became Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received the Herzberg Medal. In 1975, he received both the Steacie Fellowship from the NRC and the Steacie Prize. In 1979, he was given the CAP Gold Medal and, in 1981, the Metal Physics Medal. In 1987, Professor Carbotte was appointed Director of the programme on High Temperature Superconductivity of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research appointed Fellow of the Institute.
Dr. Carbotte's interests have ranged over several fields including the theory of positron annihilation in metals,
calculations of the electron-phonon interaction in metals, and its role in superconductivity and transport properties.
He has also worked in the field of dilute metallic alloys employing density functional theory to calculate electronic
and lattice relaxation effects around impurity atoms. At present, most of his effort is in superconductivity with
particular emphasis on the new high Tc oxides. With the aid of a postdoctoral fellow and seven graduate students,
he is investigating how superconducting properties reflect the microscopic mechanism. Many theories, based on electronic
mechanism, have been proposed including the Marginal Fermi Liquid Model (MFLM) and more recently d-wave superconductivity
stabilized by Antiferromagnetic Spin Fluctuations (ASF). Extensive numerical calculations of properties predicted
in such models and comparison with existing experimental data are helping decide the limitations of these popular
theories which have both had some remarkable successes.