Dominic Else

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Areas of research:
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I am generally interested in topological and non-perturbative approaches to quantum many-body systems. In the past I have been deeply interested in gapped topological phases of matter. More recently, I have been aiming to apply topological concepts to strongly coupled gapless systems. A specific focus has been on understanding general constraints on non-Fermi liquid metals, including the goal of identifying features that a theory would need to have in order to match the behaviors seen experimentally in "strange metals", such as T-linear resistivity.
  • Junior Faculty Researcher, Perimeter Institute, 2022-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, 2022-present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, Harvard University, 2021-2022
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2021
  • New Horizons Prize, Breakthough Prize Foundation, 2021
  • Else, D. V. (2024). Holographic models of non-Fermi liquid metals revisited: An effective field theory approach. Physical Review B, 109(3), 035163. doi:10.1103/physrevb.109.035163
  • Else, D. V. (2023). Holographic models of non-Fermi liquid metals revisited: an effective field theory approach. doi:10.48550/arxiv.2307.02526
  • Else, D. V. (2023). Collisionless dynamics of general non-Fermi liquids from hydrodynamics of emergent conserved quantities. Physical Review B, 108(4), 045107. doi:10.1103/physrevb.108.045107
  • Shi, Z. D., Else, D. V., Goldman, H., & Senthil, T. (n.d.). Loop current fluctuations and quantum critical transport. SciPost Physics, 14(5), 113. doi:10.21468/scipostphys.14.5.113
  • Shi, Z., Goldman, H., Else, D., & Senthil, T. (n.d.). Gifts from anomalies: Exact results for Landau phase transitions in metals. SciPost Physics, 13(5), 102. doi:10.21468/scipostphys.13.5.102
  • Else, D. V., & Senthil, T. (2021). Critical drag as a mechanism for resistivity. Physical Review B, 104(20), 205132. doi:10.1103/physrevb.104.205132
  • Else, D. V., Huang, S. -J., Prem, A., & Gromov, A. (2021). Quantum Many-Body Topology of Quasicrystals. Physical Review X, 11(4), 041051. doi:10.1103/physrevx.11.041051
  • Else, D. V. (2021). Topological Goldstone phases of matter. Physical Review B, 104(11), 115129. doi:10.1103/physrevb.104.115129
  • Else, D. V., & Senthil, T. (2021). Strange Metals as Ersatz Fermi Liquids. Physical Review Letters, 127(8), 086601. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.127.086601
  • Kyprianidis, A., Machado, F., Morong, W., Becker, P., Collins, K. S., Else, D. V., . . . Monroe, C. (2021). Observation of a prethermal discrete time crystal. Science, 372(6547), 1192-1196. doi:10.1126/science.abg8102
  • Else, D. V., Thorngren, R., & Senthil, T. (2021). Non-Fermi Liquids as Ersatz Fermi Liquids: General Constraints on Compressible Metals. Physical Review X, 11(2), 021005. doi:10.1103/physrevx.11.021005
  • A holographic effective field theory for a strongly coupled metal with a Fermi surface, Quantum Fields and Strings, 2023/06/06, PIRSA:23060098
  • An introduction to interacting topological phases with crystalline symmetries, A Quantum Universe in a Crystal: Symmetry and Topology across the Correlation Spectrum, University of California, Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, California, United States, 2023/04/13, Video URL
  • Gifts from anomalies: optical conductivity of metallic quantum critical points and other exact results, American Physical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 2023/04/13
  • Universal properties of metals: Fermi surfaces, quasi-quasiparticles and dynamics, The Ohio State University, Physics, Columbus, United States, 2023/02/27
  • Universal properties of metals: Fermi surfaces, quasi-quasiparticles and dynamics, University of Toronto, Physics, 60 St George St, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A7, Canada, 2023/02/22
  • Universal properties of metals, McMaster University, Physics, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 478, Canada, 2022/11/30
  • Quantum many-body topology of crystals and quasicrystals, Colloquium, 2021/12/08, PIRSA:21120022