University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign · Department of Physics

Eduardo Fradkin

Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Physics


Condensed Matter Physics, Disordered and Strongly Correlated Systems, Quantum Hall Effects, Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter.


Licenciado (M.Sc.) Physics 1973, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
PhD Physics 1979, Stanford University, Stanford CA, USA
Prof. Fradkin
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2119 ESB, MC-704, 1110 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801-3080
Phone 217-333-4409 / Fax 217-244-7704

My Publications List

My Publications in the Archive,


Graduate students, Postdocs and Visiting Scientists

Former graduate students

Former Postdocs

Some significant publications

Physics and Mate

Photos with colleagues

Recent Talks

How to detect fluctuating order in High temperature Superconductors (pdf file)

The Physics of Liquid Crystalline Phases in High temperature Superconductors (pdf file)

For an audiovisual talk given at the Conference on Glassy States of Matter and Non-Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB, click here

Conformal Quantum Criticality, Order and Deconfinement in Quantum Dimer Models (pdf file)

Talk given at the Program on Exotic Order and Criticality in Quantum Matter at the Kavli Insitute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB (June 2004), and Brookhaven National Laboratory International Workshop on Frustrated Magnetism, Montauk, NY (9/16/2004)

Realizing Non-Abelian Fractional Statistics in Time Reversal Invariant Systems (pdf file)

How optimal inhomogeneity produces high temperature superconductivity (pdf file) Talk at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, April 2007.

Entanglement Entropy at 2D quantum critical points, topological fluids and Chern-Simons theories (pdf file) Talk given at the Florence Conference on Exact Results in low-Dimensional Quantum Systems, Florence (Italy), September 2008

The Role of Charge Order in the Mechanism of High Temperature Superconductivity (pdf file) Talk given at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2008.

Can you hear the shape of Schrödinger's cat? Movie file of the Blackboard Talk given at KITP UCSB, April 2008

(pdf file) expanded version of this talk that I gave as a Colloquium at the University of Illinois on December 4, 2008

The remarkable Superconducting Stripe Phase of La2-xBaxCuO4 near x=1/8 (pdf file) Talk at Harvard University, April 2009

Les Houches Lectures on Electronic Liquid Crystal Phases in Strongly Correlated Systems (pdf file) Lectures given at the Les Houches Summer School on "Modern Theories of Strongly Correlated Systems", Les Houches, France, May 2009

Electronic Liquid Crystal Phases in Strongly Correlated Systems (pdf file) Invited talk at the 2011 Aspen Winter Conference "Materials and the Imagination", Aspen Center of Physics (Aspen, CO), January 4-8, 2011.

Entanglement and Quantum Noise: Is it possible to measure entanglement entropies? (pdf file) Colloquium at the Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), April 2011.

Intertwined orders in high temperature superconductors (pdf file) Seminar at Cornell University, April 2012.

Dynamical Stability of the Quantum Lifshitz Model in 2+1 Dimensions (pdf file), Invited talk at the Workshop "Quantum Systems in and out of Equilibrium", The Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics (Florence, Italy), May 21-25, 2012.

Intertwined Orders in High Temperature Superconductors Talk at the Program "Entanglement in Strongly-Correlated Quantum Matter", Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara. September 4, 2014. video of the Talk

Scaling of Entanglement in 2+1 dimensional scale-invariant field theories Talk at the Program "Magnetism, Bad Metals and Superconductivity: Iron Pnictides and Beyond", Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara. April 22, 2015. video of the Talk

Fractionalized Topological Insulators in 3D (pdf file), Seminar at Instituto Balseiro, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina), June 30, 2016.

Finite universal terms in the entanglement entropy: new results for the quantum Lifshitz model (pdf file), Talk at the Workshop "Quantum Information in String Theory and Many-body Systems," at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, June 20-24, 2016.

Nematic Order in Quantum Hall Fluids (pdf file), Talk at the workshop "The Quantum Hall Effect: Past, Present and Future" Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, March 8-10, 2017.

Chiral Phases in Frustrated 2D Antiferromagnets and Fractional Chern Insulators (pdf file), Seminar at the Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) Program, RIKEN, Japan, December 21, 2017

Pair Density Waves and Intertwined Orders in High Tc Superconductors (pdf file), Video of the talk at M2S 2018 Talk at the International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity M2S 2018, Beijing, China, August 20-24, 2018

Duality in Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Field Theory (pdf file), Lectures at the Quantum Connections Summer School, Lidingö, Sweden, June 10-22, 2019

Fractional Quantum Hall States: New Perspectives from Duality (pdf file), Talk at the Francqui Symposium on "Wavefunctions and Entanglement in Quantum Field Theory", Brussels, Belgium, October 14-18, 2019.

Duality and Non-Abelian Quantum Hall States (pdf file), recorded seminar (in Spanish) Zoom seminar at Instituto Balseiro, S. C. de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina, February 16, 2021.

Recorded YouTube interview (in Spanish) about my recent book, "Quantum Feld Theory: An Integrated Approach" Department of Physics, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, August 12, 2022.

Theory of Oblique Topological Insulators (pdf file), Zoom talk at the Munich Centre for Quantum Science and Technology workshop on "Discrete lattice gauge theories- emergence and quantum simulations" held at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, on 9-13 May 2022.

Duality in Condensed Matter Physics (pdf file), Lectures on "Duality in Condensed Matter Physics", Princeton Summer School in Condensed Matter Physics, Princeton University, July 10-14, 2023.

Duality in Condensed Matter Physics and in Field Theory (YouTube video), Distinguished Lecture at the workshop "Condensed Matter Physics meets Quantum Information", International Centre for Theoretical Science, Bengaluru (India), September 27, 2023.

Lectures on Non-Abelian Quantum Hall States "Condensed Matter Physics meets Quantum Information" School and Program, International Centre for Theoretical Science, Bengaluru (India), September 25 2023 to October 6 2023. The zoom recordings can be found at the websites Lecture 1, Lecture 2 and Lecture 3.

Duality in Condensed Matter Physics and in Field Theory (zoom recording) Zoom seminar at the Mathematical physics Webinar of Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ), February 28, 2024.

Courses that I taught recently:

Physics 414-415: Classical and Continuum Mechanics (Spring 2001)

Physics 483: General Field Theory (Fall 1999 and Fall 2003)

Physics 485: Advanced Field Theory (Spring 2000 and Spring 2004)

Physics 498SCS: The Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems (Fall 2000)

Physics 504: Statistical Mechanics (Fall 2001, Spring 2013)

Physics 561: Condensed Matter Physics II (Fall 2009, Fall 2015)

Physics 580: Quantum Mechanics I (Fall 2006, Fall 2017)

Physics 581: Quantum Mechanics II (Spring 2007, Spring 2018, Spring 2023)

Physics 582: General Field Theory (Fall 2005, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2023)

Physics 583: Advanced Field Theory (Spring 2006, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2024)

Physics 598: Topological Phases in Condensed Matter (Spring 2010, Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Fall 2022, Fall 2024)

My research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation through the grant NSF DMR 2225920.

Last updated 5/4/2024