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Richard Scalettar

Professor, Physics


One Shields Avenue
Physics Department
Davis, CA 95616

Office: 409 Phy/Geo
Phone: +1 (530) 554-1605
Fax: +1 (530) 752-4717
Email: scalettar@physics.ucdavis.edu

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Professor Richard Scalettar joined the faculty at UCD in 1989. His research activities are in the area of magnetism, superconductivity, and metal-insulator transitions in solids, and related quantum phase transitions in ultracold atomic gases on optical lattices. He has over 200 publications in these fields. His most recent research focuses on the role of spatial inhomogenieties on quantum phases of matter which exhibit the effect of strong interparticle interactions.

Funding for this work has come from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Most of Professor Scalettar's work uses Quantum Monte Carlo simulation techniques, and he has significant expertise in numerical algorithm development. In this area he has worked with colleagues in the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science groups at UC Davis, with grants from the NSF Information Technology Research and the DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Programs.

Career History

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987-88
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1988-1989
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis, 1989-1993
  • Associate Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis, 1993-1997
  • Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis, 1997-Present
  • Vice Chairman, Physics Department, University of California, Davis, 1998-2003; 2008-present
  • Project Coordinator, DOE Computational Materials Science Network, 2003-2009 ''Predictive Capability for Strongly Correlated Electron Materials''


  • Chancellor's Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, University of California, Davis, 2009.
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1983
  • David Saxon Award, 1983
  • Dupont Fellowship, 1982
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