I completed an undergraduate degree in Physics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India (2005) following which I studied at University of Cambridge, UK (2005-07) for an MA in Natural Sciences as a Gates-Cambridge scholar. I received a PhD in Physics from Princeton University, USA (2007-12). Prior to joining the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at Oxford as a Glasstone research fellow, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Condensed Matter Theory group at Harvard University, USA (2012-15).
As a Condensed Matter theorist, my interests include (but not limited to) quantum phenomena involving interacting degrees of freedom in a disordered environment. One particular example is the phenomenon of many-body localisation where an isolated, interacting quantum system fails to reach thermal equilibrium. I also work on aspects of physically realisable quantum systems which can be harnessed to process quantum information. In this direction my recent efforts include describing and guiding experiments with electronic and nuclear spins in semiconductors.
"Quenching of dynamic nuclear polarization by spin–orbit coupling in GaAs quantum dots", J. M. Nichol, S. P. Harvey, M. D. Shulman, A. Pal, V. Umansky, E. I. Rashba, B. I. Halperin & A. Yacoby, Nature Communications 6, 7682 (2015)
"Many-body mobility edge in a mean-field quantum spin glass". C. R. Laumann, A. Pal, and A. Scardicchio Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 200405 (2014)
"Localization-protected quantum order", D. A. Huse, R. Nandkishore, V. Oganesyan, A. Pal, and S. L. Sondhi, Physical Review B 88, 014206 (2013)
"Many-body localization phase transition", A. Pal and D. A. Huse, Physical Review B 82, 174411 (2010)