Center for Computational Quantum Physics: Team

Antoine Georges

Director, Center for Computational Quantum Physics

Antoine Georges is Professor of Physics at Collège de France (Paris), where he holds the chair of Condensed Matter Physics. He also has joint appointments with École Polytechnique, France and University of Geneva, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. from École Normale Supérieure in 1988. While his early research concerned the statistical mechanics of disordered systems, his main focus has been on the physics of quantum materials in which electron-electron interactions are strong. These materials possess remarkable electronic properties and functionalities. He is one of the co-inventors of dynamical mean field theory, for which he shared the 2006 Europhysics Condensed Matter Prize. This theory has deeply transformed our understanding of these materials and our ability to explain, calculate and predict their physical properties. In recent years, he made contributions at the frontier between condensed-matter physics and quantum optics, to the field of ultra-cold atomic gases. Professor Georges also received the 2007 Silver Medal of the CNRS, as well as a major Synergy Grant from the European Research Council.

Paula Lukats

Manager, Center Administration

Paula Lukats joined the foundation in 2017 as administrative manager for the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute. Prior to coming here, Lukats was program director and community-supported agriculture program manager at Just Food, a nonprofit that brings locally grown food to New York City communities. Before her time at Just Food, she worked at the Partnership for the Homeless, providing direct social work services to adults. Lukats has an M.S.W. from Ohio State University and a B.A. in economics/sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Andrew Millis, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Center for Computational Quantum Physics

Andrew Millis is co-director of the Center for computational Quantum Physics and associate director for Physics at the Simons Foundation. Millis is also a professor in the physics department at Columbia University, where he has been on the faculty since 2001 and served as department chair from 2006-2009. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, he worked for ten years in the Theoretical Physics Research group at Bell Laboratories and served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University. Millis’ research interests are in the area of theoretical physics, with a particular focus on the properties of interacting electrons in solids and nanostructures.

His recent work has emphasized the development and use of new numerical methods for the many-electron problem and the application of these methods to elucidate the behavior of high temperature superconductors, oxide superlattices, and materials under non-equilibrium conditions. He is the author of more than 250 papers and has served on numerous advisory boards, including that of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is currently a trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics, a foreign associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Two of his recent postdoctoral fellows have received IUPAP Young Scientist awards.