Dr. Chris Hooley

Senior Lecturer
Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Hard Condensed Matter
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463171
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

Chris Hooley is a Senior Lecturer in theoretical condensed matter physics at St Andrews, and also Operations Director of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics.  His research interests centre on the quantum many-body problem and its applications in the physics of strongly correlated electrons in crystalline solids, cold atomic gases, and nanoscale devices.

His active research topics at the moment are: the use of matrix product states to describe strongly correlated electron systems; vortex-mediated melting in layered systems with competing orders; the effect of the trapping potential on the many-body physics of ultracold atomic gases; the interpretation of partition function zeros at complex temperature; Majorana-paired mean-field states in magnetic systems; relativistic corrections to the electron-electron interaction in metals at low temperatures (with his student Sam Ridgway); and soliton solutions of the Einstein-Maxwell-Dirac equations (with his student Alasdair Leggat, co-supervised with Professor Keith Horne).  He also has research interests in non-equilibrium physics, particularly the out-of-equilibrium Kondo model, and in magnetostrictive effects, including the Invar phenomenon.


Chris's main current teaching activities are: PH3081 (Maths for Physicists); PH5014/SUPAEPS (Interacting Electrons in Solids); and SUPARFN (Response Functions).  The first of these is an undergraduate course at St Andrews; the second is shared between St Andrews final-year undergraduates, CM-DTC PhD students, and other PhD students within SUPA; and the third is for PhD students only.  He also co-ordinates the MPhys final-year projects in theoretical physics at St Andrews.

In addition, he was co-creator and inaugural module co-ordinator of the St Andrews interdisciplinary sub-Honours module "Great Ideas 1" (ID1003), and initiated (and still organises) the optional "Advanced Topics in Modern Physics" lecture series at St Andrews.  He is a member of the School's Teaching Committee, and also leads a tutorial group in PH3014 (Transferable Skills for Physicists).

His past teaching activities have also included: PH2012 (Physics 2B: Quantum Physics) (2006-2013); PH3062 (Quantum Mechanics 2).

He has twice been recipient of a St Andrews Students' Association University-wide Teaching Award: for "Teaching at Honours" in 2011, and for "Project Supervisor (Science)" in 2013.

Research outputs

  1. Can topological transitions be exploited to engineer intrinsically quench-resistant wires? DOI
    Philip Whittlesea, Jorge Quintanilla, James F. Annett, Adrian D. Hillier and Chris Hooley, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 28, 4 (2018)
  2. Slow relaxation and sensitivity to disorder in trapped lattice fermions after a quench DOI
    M. Schulz, C. A. Hooley and R. Moessner, Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 94, 6 (2016)
  3. Non-Fermi-liquid behavior and anomalous suppression of Landau damping in layered metals close to ferromagnetism DOI
    Samuel Ridgway and Chris Hooley, Physical Review Letters, 114, 22 (2015)
  4. Optimization of simulations and activities for a new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum DOI
    Antje Kohnle, Charles Baily, Chris Hooley and Bruce Torrance, : PERC Proceedings, p. 209-212 (2014)
  5. Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless-Type Transitions in d = 2 Quantum O(2) and O(2) × O(2) Nonlinear Sigma Models DOI
    Chris Hooley, Sam Carr, Jon Fellows and Joerg Schmalian, Proceedings of the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES2013), 3 (2014)
  6. Unbinding of giant vortices in states of competing order DOI
    J. M. Fellows, S. T. Carr, C. A. Hooley and J. Schmalian, Physical Review Letters, 109, 15 (2012)
  7. Thermal versus quantum fluctuations of optical-lattice fermions DOI
    V.L. Campo Jr., K. Capelle, Chris Hooley, J. Quintanilla and V.W. Scarola, Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 85, 3 (2012)
  8. A new multimedia resource for teaching quantum mechanics concepts DOI
    Antje Kohnle, Donatella Cassettari, Tom J Edwards, Callum Ferguson, Alastair Donald Gillies, Chris Hooley, Natalia Korolkova, Joe Llama and Bruce David Sinclair, American Journal of Physics, 80, 2 , p. 148-153 (2012)
  9. Developing and evaluating animations for teaching quantum mechanics concepts DOI
    Antje Kohnle, Margaret Marion Douglass, Tom J Edwards, Alastair Donald Gillies, Chris Hooley and Bruce David Sinclair, European Journal of Physics, 31, 6 , p. 1441-1455 (2010)
  10. Possible critical behavior driven by the confining potential in optical lattices with ultra-cold fermions DOI
    V. L. Campo, J. Quintanilla and C. Hooley, Physica B : Condensed Matter, 404, 19 , p. 3328-3331 (2009)
Last updated: 17 Mar 2016 at 20:48