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Richard Davison

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20092020
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Research interests

My main area of research is the theoretical description of quantum many-body systems with strong interactions. I am interested both in fundamental aspects of these systems and their implications for quantum field theory, gravity and string theory, as well as in their application to the physics of strongly correlated materials. I have worked extensively on uncovering the principles that govern dynamics in these systems, both by developing phenomenological effective theories of transport and by using insights from holography (the AdS/CFT correspondence) and black hole physics.

Biography

I studied for my PhD under the supervision of Andrei Starinets at Oxford University, graduating in 2012. From 2012 to 2015 I was a postdoc at Leiden University, before becoming a Moore Fellow at Harvard University for the period 2015 to 2018. In 2018 I was awarded a 5-year Ernest Rutherford Fellowship by STFC, and I spent one year at Cambridge University before moving to Heriot-Watt as an Assistant Professor in 2019.

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hydrodynamics Physics & Astronomy
momentum Physics & Astronomy
poles Physics & Astronomy
holography Physics & Astronomy
Fermi liquids Physics & Astronomy
conductivity Physics & Astronomy
horizon Physics & Astronomy
chaos Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2009 2020

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Horizon constraints on holographic Green’s functions

Blake, M., Davison, R. A. & Vegh, D., 14 Jan 2020, In : Journal of High Energy Physics. 2020, 1, 77.

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horizon
poles
Green's functions
hydrodynamics
operators
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Impact of irrelevant deformations on thermodynamics and transport in holographic quantum critical states

Davison, R. A., Gentle, S. A. & Goutéraux, B., 29 Oct 2019, In : Physical Review D. 100, 8, 086020.

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scaling
thermodynamics
diffusivity
horizon
breakdown

Slow Relaxation and Diffusion in Holographic Quantum Critical Phases

Davison, R. A., Gentle, S. A. & Goutéraux, B., 4 Oct 2019, In : Physical Review Letters. 123, 14, 141601.

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critical point
invariance
life (durability)
thermal diffusivity
acceleration (physics)

Many-body chaos and energy dynamics in holography

Blake, M., Davison, R. A., Grozdanov, S. & Liu, H., Oct 2018, In : Journal of High Energy Physics. 2018, 10, 35.

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holography
chaos
poles
flux density
Einstein equations

Hydrodynamic flows of non-Fermi liquids: Magnetotransport and bilayer drag

Patel, A. A., Davison, R. A. & Levchenko, A., 9 Nov 2017, In : Physical Review B. 96, 20, 205417.

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Galvanomagnetic effects
drag
Drag
Hydrodynamics
hydrodynamics