Patrick A. Lee

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Patrick A. Lee
Born (1946-08-09) August 9, 1946 (age 70)
Hong Kong
Nationality United States
Fields Physics
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Marlan Scully
Doctoral students
Known for Universal Conductance Fluctuations
Quantum spin liquid
Notable awards Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1991)

Patrick A. Lee (born 8 September 1946, British Hong Kong) is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

After ten years with the Theoretical Physics Department at Bell Laboratories, Professor Lee left and joined the MIT Department of Physics in 1982. He is a true pioneer in "mesoscopic physics," (the study of small devices at low temperatures). He has also made important contributions to the theory of disordered electronic systems. He introduced the concept of universal conductance fluctuations to describe these small devices at low temperatures. Because of this, he was awarded the 2005 Dirac Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics as well as the Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society. He is currently researching and focusing on high temperature superconductors.




  • P.A. Lee, Jan Zaanen and others: "Towards a complete theory of high Tc," Nature Physics 2, 138 - 143 (2006).
  • P.A. Lee and X.-G. Wen, "Vortex Structure in Underdoped Cuprates," Phys. Rev. B 63, 224517-1 (2001).
  • D.A. Ivanov and P.A. Lee, "Staggered-spin Contribution to Nuclear Spin-lattice Relaxation in Two-leg Antiferromagnetic Ladders," Phys. Rev. B 59, 4803 (1999).
  • Don H. Kim and P.A. Lee, "Theory of Spin Excitations in Undoped and Underdoped Cuprates," Annals of Physics 272, 130 (1999).
  • P.A. Lee, N. Nagaosa, T.K. Ng, and X.G. Wen, "An SU(2) Formulation of the t-J Model: Application to Underdoped Cuprates," Phys. Rev. B 57, 6003 (1998).
  • X.G. Wen and P.A. Lee, "Theory of Underdoped Cuprates," Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 503 (1996).
  • P.A. Lee, "Localized States in a d-Wave Superconductor," Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 1887 (1993).
  • B. I. Halperin, P.A. Lee and N. Read, "Theory of the Half-filled Landau Level," Phys. Rev. B 47, 7312 (1993).
  • P.A. Lee and N. Nagaosa, "Gauge Theory of the Normal State of High Tc Superconductors," Phys. Rev. B 46, 5621 (1992).
  • T.K. Ng and P.A. Lee, "On Site Coulomb Repulsion and Resonant Tunnelling," Phys. Rev. Lett. 61, 1768 (1988).
  • P.A. Lee and A.D. Stone, "Universal Conductance Fluctuations in Metals," Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 1622 (1985).
  • P.A. Lee and T.V. Ramakrishnan, "Disordered Electronic Systems," Rev. Mod. Phys. 57, 287 (1985).

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