After reading Physics at Oxford, Felix moved to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to participate in the Perimeter Scholars International programme. Returning to the UK he completing a PhD in theoretical physics at Bristol. He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, as a Lindemann Trust Fellow of the English-Speaking Union, before returning to Oxford in 2017.
Dr. Flicker's work has focussed largely on theoretical condensed matter physics. 'Condensed matter' refers to systems with many particles (as a first approximation, infinity), which can be thought of as having bonded together to form a continuum. Solids, liquids, and gases are examples, as are electrons in materials. 'Theoretical' means he should not be allowed near experimental labs! His area of speciality primarily concerns the application of geometry and topology to quantum materials. Recent and ongoing work includes a proposal for the detection of emergent 'magnetic monopoles' (north and south poles of a magnet isolated from one another) in spin-ice materials; the identification of 'dissipative time quasicrystals' in certain systems governed by chaos theory; and an explanation for the appearance of charge order in the material niobium diselenide.
See www.felixflicker.com/publications for an up-to-date list.