Physique Théorique (CPHT)
91128 Palaiseau Cedex
Professor at Collège de France
and at Ecole Polytechnique
research interests are in theoretical condensed matter and statistical
physics. Most of my recent research deals with the physics of strong
electron-electron interactions. These interactions have
spectacular effects in materials such as transition metals
and their oxides, high-temperature superconductors, f-electron compounds and organic conductors. I am
interested in these effects from
the viewpoint of models
and basic mechanisms, as well as in combination with first-principle
electronic structure methods.
have a strong interest in the physics of cold atoms
I am the author of ~ 130 publications.
posterior to 1992 can
be accessed on arXiv.
I list below 4 more extensive publications (2 review articles and
2 recent sets of lecture notes published as book chapters):
diffusion in disordered
media: statistical mechanisms, models and physical applications.
J.P Bouchaud and A.Georges
Reports 195 (1990) 127
mean-field theory of strongly correlated fermion systems and the limit
of infinite dimensions.
A.Georges, G.Kotliar, W.Krauth and M.Rozenberg
of Modern Physics 68 (1996) 13-125
Electron Materials: Dynamical Mean-Field Theory and
A.Georges, in: Lectures on the physics of highly correlated electron systems VIII,
A.Avella and F.Mancini Eds.
Conference Proceedings -- August 20, 2004 -- Volume 715, Issue 1,
Freely available version of these lecture notes: cond-mat/0403123
(as taught in the Troisieme Cycle de la Suisse Romande, EPFL, 2002)
Condensed Matter Physics With Light And Atoms: Strongly Correlated Cold Fermions
in Optical Lattices
A.Georges, in: Ultra-cold Fermi gases, International School of Physics Enrico Fermi Vol 164, edited by M.Inguscio, W.Ketterle and C.Salomon
Freely available version of these lecture notes: arXiv:cond-mat/0702122
A Brief Vitae
graduated from Ecole
and joined Ecole Normale Superieure (Laboratoire
de Physique Théorique
) for my
graduate studies. After initial steps
(and a few publications) in high-energy theory, I worked for several
years on disordered systems, most notably spin-glasses and non-Brownian
diffusion in disordered environments (I am the author of a review
article on this subject
collaboration with J.P. Bouchaud). I
defended my PhD thesis at LPT-ENS in 1988 (the committee was chaired by Pierre Gilles
At this stage, I was ready for a change and wanted to learn about
strongly-correlated electron systems (it was soon after the discovery
of high-temperature superconductors), and I was offered in 1989 a
postdoc at Princeton University with Phil Anderson and Daniel Fisher. I
worked there from 1989 to 1991. In the fall of 1990, I started
collaborating with Gabriel Kotliar, who had recently joined Rutgers
University. We developed together the mapping onto a self-consistent
quantum impurity model, which is at the heart of the Dynamical
Mean-Field Theory approach to strongly correlated fermion systems. I
have pursued research in condensed matter physics of strongly
correlated systems ever since my return to France, in the fall of 1991.
Among the research achievements that I am particularly happy with are:
the DMFT-based theory of the Mott transition (with Werner
Krauth, and in close connection with the Rutgers group of G.Kotliar),
the exact solution of the 2-impurity 2-channel Kondo problem (with
Anirvan Sengupta), an investigation of the 2-impurity Kondo effect in
double quantum dots (with Yigal Meir), a large-N study of quantum
Heisenberg spin-glasses and doped spin liquids (with Olivier Parcollet
and Subir Sachdev), a collaboration with Patrice Limelette and the
group of Denis Jerome which resulted in the first experimental study of
the critical behaviour at the Mott critical endpoint, several studies
of correlated materials combining DMFT with
ab-initio density functional methods, including a proposal
for merging GW and DMFT into a first-principle scheme for strongly
correlated materials (with Silke Biermann and Ferdi Aryasetiawan), and
work on cooling and spectroscopy in ultra-cold atom systems.
Recently, my research has focused mostly on the physics of copper-oxide
high-temperature superconductors, iron pnictides, and the emerging
field of condensed matter physics with ultra-cold atoms in optical
In 2003, I moved to
Ecole Polytechnique, where I have set up a research group on strongly
correlated systems in the Centre
. In 2009, I have been awarded the chair of Condensed Matter Physics at Collège de France
Please visit the group
I received the "Anatole et Suzanne Abragam Prize" of the
Academie des Sciences in 1991, the "Prix Dargelos" in 2004 (here, the speech
-in French- I gave on this occasion) and the "Médaille d'Argent
" in 2007. In 2006, with Gabriel Kotliar, Walter Metzner,
Dieter Vollhardt, I was awarded the Condensed Matter Europhysics Prize
(European Physical Society and Agilent Technologies) for ``the development and application of Dynamical Mean-Field Theory''.
detailed (and formal) cv
(in French, with a publication list over the period 2005-2008).
I am currently teaching the following courses:
If you are interested in a recent Introduction to Dynamical Mean-Field
Theory, and to strongly correlated materials in general, please check
out the "Lecture notes" section of this website.
undergraduate-level course at Ecole
to quantum solid-state physics.
- A graduate
course in Many-body
theory and strongly correlated systems
in the second-year of the Physics
Master, at Ecole
Normale Superieure. See the "Lecture notes" section of this website.
- A research-oriented set of lectures at Collège de France. The topics of these lectures change every year and focus on issues of current interest in condensed matter physics.