University of California, Riverside

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Vivek M. Aji

Vivek M. Aji

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Physics 3024
(951) 827-4529

Research Areas

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

My research is best described as the study of the many phases of matter. Strongly interacting many particle systems often behave in a manner dissimilar to their constituents and lead to new states and new functionalities. Developing an understanding of how this comes about and how it can be utilized to our advantage is focus of our group here at UC Riverside. Currently our work focuses on high temperature superconductivity, graphene, heavy fermions and dissipation driven quantum phase transition.


Ph.D., 2002, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign


  1. Vivek Aji and C. M. Varma, "Quantum-Criticality in Dissipative Quantum Two-Dimensional XY and Ashkin-Teller Models: Application to the cuprates", Phys. Rev. B 79, 184501 (2009).
  2. Vivek Aji, Arkady Shekhter and C. M. Varma, "Weak Ferromagnetism Accompanying Loop Current Order in Underdoped Cuprates", Phys. Rev. B 78, 094421 (2008).
  3. Vivek Aji, Chandra Varma and Ilya Vekhter, "Kondo effect in an antiferromagnetic metal: Renormalization group analysis and a variational calculation", Phys. Rev. B 77, 224426 (2008).
  4. Vivek Aji and C. M. Varma, "Theory of the Quantum Critical Fluctuations in Cuprates", Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 067003 (2007).
  5. B. Binz, A. Vishwanath, and V. Aji, "Theory of the helical spin crystal: a candidate for the partially ordered state of MnSi", Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 207202 (2006).

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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Tel: (951) 827-5331
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