Melb., MS, PhD State Univ. N.Y. at Stony Brook
Ordinario di chiara fama/Professor
of Camerino, Italy
and Research Groups
David Neilson is author of more
than 100 refereed research articles, review chapters in
books and refereed conference reports and editor of a number
of review books. He is organiser of international
Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems
Conference, Italy, 2008
International Conference on Recent
challenges in novel quantum systems, Camerino 2005
Frontiers of Science & Technology
Workshop on Soft Condensed Matter and Nanoscale Physics, Sydney 2003
Australian Institute of Physics
National Congress, Sydney, 2002
International Workshops on Condensed
Matter Theories Canberra, 2002
International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body
Theories, Sydney 1997
Workshop on Coupled Bilayers of Electrons, Villa
Gualino, Torino (1999)
He has been the convenor of the
annual series Gordon
Godfrey Workshops on Recent Advances in Condensed Matter
Theory, Sydney from its first
meeting in 1991.
He serves on International Advisory
Committees for Conferences including
International Conferences on Recent
Progress in Many Body Theories,
International Workshops on Condensed
Matter Theories, and
International Conferences on Strongly
Coupled Coulomb Systems.
He is a Fellow of the Australian
Institute of Physics, a member of the American Physical
Society and the Institute of Physics (U.K.).
in Sydney Australia, David Neilson did his schooling at
Geelong Grammar School. He studied Physics
and Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a B.Sc.
with First Class Honours in 1968 under the supervision of
Geoffrey Opat. He went to New York on a Fulbright scholarship
in 1969 and completed an M.S. degree in High Energy Particle
Physics and Field Theory under the supervision of Ben Lee
at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
in 1971. He then switched his research activities to Condensed
Matter Physics, working with Gerald Brown jointly at Stony
Brook and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.
His doctoral project was on the Many Body Problem for the
strongly interacting quantum system of electrons in solids.
Obtaining his Ph.D. in 1974 he took an N.S.F. research Fellowship
at Northwestern University in Chicago where he
worked with Chia-Wei Woo on the quantum solidification of
Helium and on the possibility of the solidification of nuclear
matter under the intense pressures found in neutron stars.
1975 he took up a position of Assistant Professor at the
University of Southern California in Los Angeles and in 1978 he moved
to the University of New South Wales as Lecturer (Assistant
Professor). From 1985-1994 he was Associate Professor,
and from 1995 until 2004 Professor of Physics at New South Wales. He maintains
his ties with New South Wales as an Adjunct Professor.
He has held visiting positions at the Niels Bohr Institute,
(NORDITA Fellow) in 1978, at the Max Planck Institute,
Stuttgart (Research Scientist) in 1980, at Nottingham
University (S.E.R.C. Visiting Fellow) in 1986, at the
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste,
Italy (Research Director) in 1990, Université de Paris VI
(Visiting Fellow) in 1991, and the Scuola Normale Superiore,
Pisa (Visiting Professor) in 1992, 1993 and 1994-95.
2003 David Neilson accepted a chiara fama Professorship
in Italy and took up a Chair of Physics at the historic
University of Camerino (founded 1336). He is
also Research Associate with the National Enterprise for
NanoScience and NanoTechnology (NEST) Centre at
Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
David Neilson has wide experience
in the field of semiconductor theory and has studied exotic
quantum phases of the low-dimensional systems found in semiconductor
devices. His most recent work has been on issues of
whether the bifurcation observed at finite temperature in
the metal-insulator transition
phenomenon be described by a suitable scaling theory, whether
there are common elements between the low temperature behaviour,
the bifurcation, and the "insulator-like" state, and whether
a unified physical picture for two-dimensional transport
over the full range of temperature and density can be developed
for the metal-insulator transition phenomenon in 2D -.
Most recently he has reported new evidence for the existence
of a quantum critical point in 2D electric transport.
He has used Mori memory function techniques to study formation
of the electron glass
at zero temperature predicted new states of matter for electrons
in coupled 2D bi-layers in the form of a coupled
electron crystalline solid or a charge density waves .
Reference , with over 100 citations, has stimulated
a large number of follow-up studies of bi-layers in zero
magnetic field (see also Refs. -, -). The
predictions that a coupled crystal does form at relatively
high densities were confirmed in numerical simulation studies.
There has been a CECAM (France) conference devoted to coupled
bi-layers in zero magnetic field resulting from Ref. .
He developed comprehensive diagrammatic
many-body calculations incorporating functional
conserving techniques for conduction electrons . He
developed a quantum generalization of the classical glass
equations  with applications to conduction electrons,
extended it to include impurities in interacting electron
2D layers, and showed that this could lead to a transition
to a solid electron glass
state -,,. He has worked on ground state,
localization and transport properties in disordered
electron 2D systems. He has studied the effect
of strong correlations between electron spins in electron
systems at low density ,. He has studied the decisive
effect that impurities have on the ground state of interacting
electrons in quasi one-dimensional
quantum wires. Before he took up his chiara
fama Chair in Italy in 2003, David Neilson had had continuous
funding as Chief Investigator of Major Research Grants from
the Australian Research Council for an uninterrupted period
of 25 years from 1978 to 2003.
Here are some representative examples
of David Neilson's more than 120 publications.
Publications in Refereed Journals
1. D.J.W. GELDART, NEILSON D. (2004).
Temperature dependent resistivity in the low resistance
region for diffusive transport in two-dimensions. PHYSICAL
REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND
MATERIALS PHYSICS. vol. 70 pp. 2353361-2353366 ISSN:
2. GELDART D.J.W., NEILSON D. (2003). Two-component
scaling near the metal-insulator bifurcation in two dimensions.
PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER. vol. 67 pp.
205309 ISSN: 0163-1829
3. GELDART D.J.W., NEILSON D. (2003). Density dependence
of critical magnetic fields at the metal-insulator bifurcation
in two dimensions. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER.
vol. 67 pp. 045310 ISSN: 0163-1829
4. NEILSON D., THAKUR J.S., TOSATTI E. (2000). Characterizing
the metal-insulator transitions in 2D. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL
OF PHYSICS. vol. 53 pp. 531 ISSN: 0004-9506
5. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (2000). Quenching of 2D
metallic state by aligning the electron spins. AUSTRALIAN
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. vol. 53 pp. 537 ISSN: 0004-9506
6. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (2000). The effect of
spin alignment on the metal-insulator transition in two-dimensional
systems. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER. vol.
12 pp. 4483 ISSN: 0305-4470
7. NEILSON D., THAKUR J.S. (1999). Phase diagram
of the metal-insulator transition in two-dimensional electronic
systems. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. vol.
59 pp. R5280-R5283 ISSN: 1098-0121
8. THAKUR J.S., LIU LERWEN, NEILSON D. (1999). Metal-insulator
transition in a disordered 2D electron gas including temperature
effects. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND
MATERIALS PHYSICS. vol. 59 pp. R7255-R7258 ISSN: 1098-0121
9. NEILSON D., THAKUR J.S. (1999). Continuous localisation-delocalisation
transition at intermediate electron densities. AUSTRALIAN
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. vol. 52 pp. 779-789 ISSN: 0004-9506
10. LIU LERWEN, NEILSON D., SWIERKOWSKI L. (1998).
Finite Temperature Correlations on Plasmon and Coulomb Drag
in Coupled Quantum Wells. PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER.
vol. 249 pp. 937 ISSN: 0921-4526
11. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D., DAS M.P. (1998). Superconducting
pairing in coupled electron-hole layers. PHYSICAL REVIEW.
B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. vol.
57 pp. 1801-1804 ISSN: 1098-0121
12. LIU LERWEN, SWIERKOWSKI L., NEILSON D. (1998).
Exciton and Charge Density Wave Formation in Spatially Separated
Electron Hole Liquids. PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER. vol.
249 pp. 594-597 ISSN: 0921-4526
13. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (1998). Superconductivity
in a correlated disordered two-dimensional electron gas.
PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. vol.
58 pp. 13717-13720 ISSN: 1098-0121
14. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (1997). Freezing of strongly
correlated electrons in bilayer systems with weak disorder.
PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER. vol. 56 pp.
10297-10302 ISSN: 0163-1829
15. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (1997). Freezing of Strongly
correlated Electrons in Bilayer Systems with Weak Disorder.
REPORTS ON PROGRESS IN PHYSICS. vol. 126 pp. 339-349
16. NEILSON D., LIU LERWEN, SWIERKOWSKI L., SZYMANSKI
J. (1996). Static and dynamic properties of coupled electron-electron
and electron-hole layers. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED
MATTER. vol. 53 pp. 7923-7931 ISSN: 0163-1829
17. THAKUR J.S., NEILSON D. (1996). Frozen electron
solid in the presence of small concentrations of defects.
PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER. vol. 54 pp.
7674-7677 ISSN: 0163-1829
18. GREEN F., NEILSON D., SWIERKOWSKI L., SZYMANSKI
J., GELDART D.J.W. (1992). Spin correlations in the low
density electron system. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED
MATTER. vol. 46 pp. 4187-4192 ISSN: 0163-1829
19. NEILSON D., SWIERKOWSKI L., SZYMANSKI J. (1991).
Enhancement of Wigner Crystallization in Multiple-Quantum-Well
Structures. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. vol. 67 pp.
240-243 ISSN: 0031-9007
20. NEILSON D., SJOLANDER A., SWIERKOWSKI L., SZYMANSKI
J. (1991). Dynamical Theory for Strongly Correlated Two
Dimensional Electron Systems. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED
MATTER. vol. 44 pp. 6291-6305 ISSN: 0163-1829
21. GREEN F., NEILSON D., SZYMANSKI J. (1985). Conserving
dynamic theory for electron gas. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B,
CONDENSED MATTER. vol. 31 pp. 2779-2795 ISSN: 0163-1829
1. ADAM MICOLICH, ALEX HAMILTON AND
DAVID NEILSON (eds.) (2004).Proceedings Frontiers of
Science & Technology Workshop on Soft Condensed Matter
and Nanoscale Physics, (CD-ROM, Sydney)
2. DAVID NEILSON (ed.) (2002). Proceedings of
the Australian Institute of Physics 15th Biennial Congress
3. DAVID NEILSON and MUKUNDA P. DAS (eds.) (2000).
Condensed Matter in Zero, One and Two Dimensions,
special volume of Aust. J. Phys. (C.S.I.R.O., Melbourne)
4. DAVID NEILSON and MUKUNDA P. DAS (ed.)(1999).Future
Directions for Condensed Matter Physics, special volume
of Aust. J. Phys. (C.S.I.R.O., Melbourne)
5. DAVID NEILSON and RAYMOND F. BISHOP (eds.) (1998).Recent
Progress in Many Body Theory, Proceedings of the Ninth
International Conference, edited David Neilson and Raymond
F. Bishop, (World Scientific, Singapore, 1998)
Chapters in Books
1. DAVID NEILSON and D.J.
WALLACE GELDART (2006).Metal-Insulator Phenomena in 2D:
A Unified Scaling Picture, in book Condensed Matter Theories,
edited by A. Hosaka (Plenum, New York 2006)
2. DAVID NEILSON and D.J. WALLACE GELDART (2005).Towards
determining the ground state of the 2D electron system with
weak disorder, in book Highlights in the quantum theory
of condensed matter (in honor of Mario Tosi), edited
by Fabio Beltram (Edizioni della Normale, Pisa)
3. DAVID NEILSON and D.J. WALLACE GELDART (2005).Some
outstanding issues remaining for the metal insulator transition
phenomena in disordered 2D electron systems, in book Condensed
Matter Theories, Vol. 20, edited by John W. Clark, Robert
M. Panoff, and H. Li (Nova Science Publishers, New York)
4. DAVID NEILSON and D.J. WALLACE GELDART (2003).The
Exchange-Correlation Hole and the Metal-Insulator Transition
in Two-Dimensional Systems, in book Condensed Matter
Theories, edited by Mukunda P. Das and Frederick Green,
p. 328 (Nova Science Publishers, New York)
5. DAVID NEILSON and D.J. WALLACE GELDART (2002).Low
Temperature Properties of 2D Correlated Electrons in Weakly
Disordered Materials, in book Recent Progress In Many-Body
Theories, Advances in Quantum Many-Body Theory Series
Vol. 6, edited by Raymond F. Bishop, p. 42-51 (World Scientific,
6. DAVID NEILSON (2001).The metal-insulator transition
in 2D and new phases of quantum localization, in book 150
Years of Quantum Many-body Theory, Advances in Quantum
Many-Body Theory Series Vol. 4, edited Raymond F. Bishop
(World Scientific, Singapore)
for Spring 2006
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