# Summary

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.

## Education

PhD Candidate in Condensed Matter Theory,

**Massachusetts Institute of Technology**, Cambridge, USJune, 2018:

**MASt**(MSc equivalent) in Applied Mathematics,**University of Cambridge**, Cambridge, UKJune 2017:

**BA**in Physics,**BS**in Mathematics,**University of Chicago**, Chicago, US

# Publications

**S. Musser, ****T. Senthil**

**S. Musser,**

**T. Senthil**

**S. Musser, T. Senthil, D. Chowdhury**

**S. Musser, T. Senthil, D. Chowdhury**

**S. Musser, D. ****Chowdhury, P. A. Lee, T. Senthil**

**S. Musser, D.**

**Chowdhury, P. A. Lee, T. Senthil**

**S. Musser, D. Proment, M. Onorato, W. T. M. Irvine**

**S. Musser, D. Proment, M. Onorato, W. T. M. Irvine**

# Talks

### Cornell Quantum Theory Seminar - December 17, 2021

Based on work found in: arXiv:2111.09894

### APS March Meeting - March 18, 2021

Based on work found in: arXiv:2111.08740

## 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

### APS Division of Fluid Dynamics - November 23, 2019

Based on work found in: Phys. Rev. Lett.** 123**, 154502 (2019)

## Particle-Vortex Duality

### 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*.