Nicholas Read

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Nicholas Read
Born (1958-11-22) November 22, 1958 (age 61)[1]
Alma materImperial College, London,[1]
Cambridge University
Known forFermion model for quantum hall systems
AwardsOliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (2002)
Scientific career
FieldsCondensed matter theory
InstitutionsYale University

Nicholas Read is an American physicist, noted for his work on strongly interacting quantum many-body systems.


Read was born in Britain in 1958 and did his undergraduate education at the Cambridge University. He completed his PhD at the Imperial College, London after which he moved to the United States.[2] Read worked as a post-doctoral researcher, first at Brown University, and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Yale University as an assistant professor in 1988, where he has been ever since.[3]

Read's early work concerns understanding properties of rare-earth "heavy-fermion" compounds.[3] Along with Greg Moore he developed the theory of non-abelian braiding statistics in quantum Hall systems. He developed a theory of "composite fermions", which can be used to explain properties of free electron gas at high magnetic fields, in quantum hall liquids and half-filled Landau levels. Read was awarded the 2002 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize together with Jainendra Jain and Robert Willet "For theoretical and experimental work establishing the composite fermion model for the half-filled Landau level and other quantized Hall systems"[3]


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  1. ^ a b "Array of contemporary American physicists". American Physical Society. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b Romanyshyn, Jonathan (December 7, 2001). "Physics professor wins Buckley Prize". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "2002 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
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