My goal as a physicist is to develop a clearer understanding of quantum phases of matter and their transitions. I’m especially passionate about using inspiration from classical physics to probe quantum phenomena. This has often led me to interesting numerical work. For example, my curiosity about superfluid vortices, as described by Scheeler et al., led to my work with the Irvine lab at UChicago. While there I built from scratch a GPU-enhanced simulation of a superfluid to study vortex nucleation from an airfoil and used analogies to the classical therory of airfoil flight to better understand flight in a superfluid. My current work focuses on taking inspiration from classical/soft matter phase transitions in order to probe the high temperature cuprate superconductors. In addition, I’m studying the behavior of physical quantities across a more exotic continuous metal instulator transition described by T. Senthil.
I am also passionate about helping students to think about physics pictorially and to appreciate and take advantage of symmetry in their work.
PhD Candidate in Condensed Matter Theory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US
June, 2018: MASt (MSc equivalent) in Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
June 2017: BA in Physics, BS in Mathematics, University of Chicago, Chicago, US
S. Musser, D. Chowdhury, P. A. Lee, T. Senthil
S. Musser, D. Proment, M. Onorato, W. T. M. Irvine
Cornell Quantum Theory Seminar - December 17, 2021
APS March Meeting - March 18, 2021
Quantum Spin Liquids: Kitaev Model
MIT Journal Club 101 - October 2, 2020
Quantum Spin Liquids: Disorder and Frustration
MIT Journal Club 101 - September 25, 2020
Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics (NESM) Journal Club - January 7, 2018
This talk was a distilled version of my Particle Vortex Essay written in 2018 during my MASt at Cambridge University.
Vortex Νucleation in Superfluids
ChuSOARS - November 21, 2017
I will introduce superfluids and the vortex excitations they contain. I will also discuss how to produce these excitations via nucleation from moving objects.
Poisson Geometry with Applications to the Hamiltonian Formulation of Inviscid Fluid Mechanics
Chicago Mathematics REU - August 15, 2015
This talk was a distilled version of my 2015 REU paper From Hamiltonian Systems to Poisson Geometry.