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Peter P Orth

Peter P. Orth

  • Associate Professor
I am a theoretical condensed matter physicist working on predicting and understanding the fascinating properties of quantum materials. I place an emphasis on their nonlinear response and non-equilibrium dynamics. My research interests are broad and span from exotic magnetism to unconventional superconductivity to magnetic topological phases. To address these questions, I employ analytical field theory methods and develop quantum computing algorithms for many-body models.

My work is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement via a Cottrell Scholarship.

2021 - present: Associate Professor at Iowa State University
2017 - present: Scientist at Ames Laboratory
2016 - 2021: Assistant Professor at Iowa State University
2015 - 2016: Postdoc at University of Minnesota with Prof. Rafael Fernandes
2012 - 2015: Head of independent Young Investigator Group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
2011 - 2015: Postdoc at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Prof. Joerg Schmalian
2011: Ph.D. at Yale University, advisor Prof. Karyn Le Hur. Title "Dissipative dynamics and novel quantum phases in strongly correlated cold-atom mixtures"
2007: Diploma in Physics and Otto-Haxel Prize for Best Diploma at Heidelberg University, Germany. Title "Negative Refraction in dense atomic gases"

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A521 Zaffarano
2334 Pammel Dr.
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  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2011
  • Diploma, Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2007

More Information

  1. Summary of Research Interests
  2. Funding
  3. Publications

Summary of Research Interests

  • strongly correlated quantum materials
  • non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems
  • quantum computing for materials research
  • competing interactions in magnetic and superconducting systems
  • topological semi-metals



A complete list of my publications can be found on arXivPublons and ADS.

Full Access to my publications while at Iowa State University.

Selected Publications: 

  • Yong-Xin Yao, Niladri Gomes, Feng Zhang, Thomas Iadecola, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho, Peter P. Orth
    Adaptive Variational Quantum Dynamics Simulations
    PRX Quantum 2, 030307 (2021).

  • N. Sirica, P. P. Orth, M. S. Scheurer, Y.M. Dai, M.-C. Lee, P. Padmanabhan, L.T. Mix, L.X. Zhao, G.F. Chen, B. Xu, R. Yang, B. Shen, C.-C. Lee, H. Lin, T.A. Cochran, S.A. Trugman, J.-X. Zhu, M.Z. Hasan, N. Ni, X.G. Qiu, A.J. Taylor, D.A. Yarotski, R.P. Prasankumar
    Photocurrent-driven transient symmetry breaking in the Weyl semimetal TaAs
    Nature Materials (2021). 

  • Rafael M. Fernandes, Peter P. Orth, Jörg Schmalian
    Intertwined vestigial order in quantum materials: nematicity and beyond
    Annu. Rev. Cond. Mat. Phys. 10, 133 (2019).

  • Xu Yang, Chirag Vaswani, Chris Sundahl, Martin Mootz, Pia Gagel, L. Luo, Jong Hoon Kang, Peter P. Orth, Ilias E. Perakis, Chang Beom Eom & Jigang Wang
    Terahertz-light quantum tuning of a metastable emergent phase hidden by superconductivity
    Nature Materials 17, 586 (2018).

  • Karyn Le Hur, Loïc Henriet, Loïc Herviou, Kirill Plekhanov, Alexandru Petrescu, Tal Goren, Marco Schiro, Christophe Mora, Peter P. Orth
    Driven dissipative dynamics and topology of quantum impurity systems 
    Comptes Rendus Physique 19, 451 (2018).

  • Pia Gagel, Peter P. Orth, Jörg Schmalian
    Universal post-quench prethermalization at a quantum critical point
    Phys. Rev. B 92, 115121 (2015) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 220401 (2014).

  • Peter P. Orth, Premala Chandra, Piers Coleman, Jörg Schmalian
    Emergent critical phase and Ricci flow in a 2D frustrated Heisenberg model
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 237205 (2012).