Dr. Parameswaran joined UCI after his position as a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Condensed Matter Theory in the Department of Physics at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, as well as a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Parameswaran's research at UC Irvine focuses on strongly correlated materials. These are complex systems in which the approximation of treating the constituent electrons, atoms, or molecules as independent breaks down, leading to new phases of matter - often with striking consequences. Arising from the intricate interplay of competing interactions, they are inherently 'emergent' and their existence is difficult to predict from a knowledge of the microscopic properties of isolated atoms. A diverse set of analytical and computational tools is therefore required to fully characterize their properties.