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Associate Professor

Physics Dept, SITP
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Varian Physics Bldg. Rm. 304
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-4060

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Can black hole physics shed light on strongly correlated quantum matter?

Professor Hartnoll is a theorist working on a newly emerging interface between gravitational physics and exotic phases of low temperature matter. This connection builds upon the `holographic correspondence', which is among the most surprising results to emerge from string theory in recent years. The correspondence implies that the gravitational dynamics of black hole event horizons can be equivalently formulated as the dissipative dynamics of strongly correlated matter. This equivalence simultaneously offers to shed light on mysterious aspects of black hole physics and also to provide a new computationally tractable window into strongly correlated quantum matter such as high temperature superconductors.

Current areas of focus:
- Fundamental and applied aspects of the holographic correspondence
- Exotic phases of low temperature matter
- The emergence of spacetime


"From Black Holes to Superconductors" (online video lecture one and lecture two).


Hydrodynamic theory of phase fluctuating superconductivity (talk at IIAS, video online).

Fundamental bounds in quantum transport: from black holes to bad metals (colloquium at SFSU and Ann Arbor)

Incoherent strange metals and superconductivity (talk at M2S 2015)

Entanglement entropy in 2D String Theory (talk at GaryFest)

Holographically inspired thoughts on high temperature superconductors and other bad metals (seminar at IAS)

From black holes to badly behaved metals (colloquium Stanford, U Washington, U Victoria, UBC)

Universal incoherent transport (Gordon Research Conference)

Lectures on transport: (i) Boltzmann equation, (ii) Memory matrix, (iii) Holography. (Arnold Sommerfeld school).

Recent progress at the holography/condensed matter interface (talk at strings 2013, video online)

Non-Fermi liquids and the Wiedemann-Franz law (condensed matter seminar at Stanford)

Transport without quasiparticles: good metals, bad metals and insulators (high energy theory seminar at UCSB)

Ohm's law and black holes (colloquium at UCSC)


On Google Scholar; on INSPIRE; on the arXiv.


Hartnoll completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Cambridge.  He received his PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 2005.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and most recently held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.  Prof. Hartnoll joined the Stanford Physics Department faculty in 2010.


New Horizons in Physics Prize
Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)
DOE Early Career Award
Sloan Research Fellowship
Terman Fellowship, Stanford