Photo of Jeffrey G. Rau

Office: 289-1 Essex Hall
Address: 401 Sunset Ave Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4

I’m an assistant professor at the University of Windsor focusing on theoretical condensed matter physics.

Most of my research falls under the broad heading of quantum magnetism, with some excursions into strongly correlated systems more generally. Recently I’ve been focusing on various realizations of frustrated magnets with strong anisotropy, such as found in rare-earth and heavy transition metal magnets. Some recent work is highlighted below. A full list of publications is available here.

Previously, I did post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (2017-2019) and with Michel Gingras at the University of Waterloo (2014-2017). I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2008-2014) in the group of Hae-Young Kee, and my undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor (2005-2008).

Spin-split Fermi surface in an altermagnet
Pseudo-Goldstone Gap vs. Temperature
Square ice with hot and cold thermal baths
Tetrahedron with symmetry planes
Pyrochlore spinel lattice with inequivalent bonds coloured
Illustration of the spin (red/blue) and charge (surface) distributions of a spin-orbital entangled atomic orbital

Some recent work:

Ground state properties of the Heisenberg-compass model on the square lattice
Landau Theory of Altermagnetism
Physical Review Letters 132, 176702 (2024) Editors' Suggestion arxiv:2308.04484
Pseudo-Goldstone modes and dynamical gap generation from order-by-thermal-disorder
Physical Review Letters 130, 266702 (2023) arxiv:2301.11948
Thermal Conductivity of Square Ice
Physical Review B 105, 104405 (2022) arxiv:2111.14872
Towards understanding the magnetic properties of the breathing pyrochlore compound Ba3Yb2Zn5O11: A single crystal study
npj Quantum Materials 7, 77 (2022) arxiv:2111.06293