Gilbert George Lonzarich

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Gilbert ("Gil") George Lonzarich (born 1945)[1] is a solid-state physicist who works at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is particularly noted for his work on superconducting and magnetic materials.


Gil Lonzarich received his BA degree from University of California, Berkeley (1967), his M.S. from the University of Minnesota (1970) and his Ph.D. degree from University of British Columbia (1973). Starting as a postdoc, he has held positions at the University of Cambridge. Since 1997 he is a professor at the Cavendish Laboratory, where he heads the quantum matter group.[2]


The research of Gil Lonzarich focuses on solids where the interaction between electrons can lead to unconventional states of matter. His work has addressed different material classes, including itinerant magnets (such as MnSi),[3] heavy-fermion materials,[4][5] and ferroelectrics.[6] One groundbreaking result for the field of unconventional superconductivity was the demonstration that the suppression of antiferromagnetic order in heavy-fermion materials, i.e. a quantum-critical point, can induce superconductivity.[4]

Important aspects of the experiments of Gil Lonzarich’s group are crystal growth, ultra-low temperatures (mK temperatures), high-pressure experiments, and quantum oscillations (continuing the work of David Shoenberg).[7]

Notable former students in the group of Gil Lonzarich include Louis Taillefer,[5] Andrew MacKenzie, and Christian Pfleiderer.[3][7]



  1. ^ a b "Preisverleihungen 1991". Phys. Bl. 47: 230. 1991. doi:10.1002/phbl.19910470317.
  2. ^ a b c d "Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory". University of Cambridge, Department of Physics. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. ^ a b Pfleiderer, C.; McMullan, G.J.; Julian, S.R.; Lonzarich, G.G. (1997). "Magnetic quantum phase transition in MnSi under hydrostatic pressure". Phys. Rev. B. 55: 8330. Bibcode:1997PhRvB..55.8330P. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.55.8330.
  4. ^ a b Mathur, N.D.; Grosche, F.M.; Julian, S.R.; Walker, I.R.; Freye, D.M.; Haselwimmer, R.K.W.; Lonzarich, G.G. (1998). "Magnetically mediated superconductivity in heavy fermion compounds". Nature. 394: 39. Bibcode:1998Natur.394...39M. doi:10.1038/27838.
  5. ^ a b Taillefer, L.; Lonzarich, G.G. (1988). "Heavy-fermion quasiparticles in UPt3". Phys. Rev. Lett. 60: 1570. Bibcode:1988PhRvL..60.1570T. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.60.1570.
  6. ^ Rowley, S.E.; Spalek, L.J.; Smith, R.P.; Dean, M.P.M.; Itoh, M.; Scott, J.F.; Lonzarich, G.G.; Saxena, S.S. (2014). "Ferroelectric quantum criticality". Nature Physics. 10: 367–372. arXiv:0903.1445. Bibcode:2014NatPh..10..367R. doi:10.1038/nphys2924.
  7. ^ a b Gibney, E. (2017). "A quantum pioneer unlocks matter's hidden secrets". Nature. 549: 448. Bibcode:2017Natur.549..448G. doi:10.1038/549448a.
  8. ^ "Kamerlingh Onnes Prize". M2S Conference 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-25.