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).

Majorana-Fermi surface in cross electric and magnetic field
Spectral function of non-Hermitian Dirac magnons
Magnon spectrum of Yb2Ti2O7
Pyrochlore spinel lattice with inequivalent bonds coloured
Illustration of the spin (red/blue) and charge (surface) distributions of a spin-orbital entangled atomic orbital
Phase diagram of a generalized Kitaev model relevant for honeycomb iridates and ruthenates

Some recent work:

Magnetoelectric generation of a Majorana-Fermi surface in Kitaev's honeycomb model
Unravelling competing microscopic interactions at a phase boundary: a single crystal study of the metastable antiferromagnetic pyrochlore Yb2Ge2O7
Physical Review B 102, 134418 (2020) arxiv:1912.09448
Multi-phase competition in quantum XY pyrochlore antiferromagnet CdYb2Se4: zero and applied magnetic field study
Physical Review B 100, 094420 (2019) arxiv:1908.09510
Non-Hermitian topology of spontaneous magnon decay
Physical Review B 100, 100405 (2019) Rapid Comm. arxiv:1904.02160
Magnon interactions in the frustrated pyrochlore ferromagnet Yb2Ti2O7
Physical Review B 100, 104423 (2019) arxiv:1903.05098