Joel E. Moore, Professor of Physics

I am a condensed matter theorist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My contact information and a brief CV are available here.

My research seeks to understand how applying the rules of quantum mechanics to systems of many interacting particles leads to a remarkable variety of emergent phenomena. Some of these phenomena we study because of their potential relevance to real-world problems, including information technology and alternative energy, and some we study simply in order to understand the physical world.

Current interests include topological phases, spin and heat transport, and non-equilibrium coherent dynamics as measured in ultrafast optical experiments and ultracold atomic gases. Most of my papers are available at My previous web page has links to some past courses and other materials.


I regularly teach graduate and undergraduate courses at Berkeley and have occasionally taught advanced short courses elsewhere.

I most recently taught Physics 212 (second-semester graduate statistical mechanics).

I previously taught a special topics (Physics 250) course on "Geometry and topology in condensed matter physics". The (deprecated) course website with lecture notes is here. A few copyrighted readings are password-protected on that site but are not central to the course.

Research group

Ph.D. Students: Daniel Varjas, Yichen Huang, Byungmin Kang, Aaron Szasz, Shudan Zhong.
Postdoctoral Researchers and Visitors: See Berkeley Condensed Matter Theory Center for a current listing.

Other activities

I currently serve on the advisory boards of Physical Review B, Journal of Physics A, and JSTAT. I frequently visit the Aspen Center for Physics and KITP. Two non-technical readings related to my research are a short review for Nature called "The birth of topological insulators" and the chapter on correlated systems in the DOE Grand Challenges report chaired by Graham Fleming and Mark Ratner.