Kristjan Haule

2013 Regional Award Winner — Faculty

Kristjan Haule

Current Position:
Professor of Physics

Rutgers University

Condensed Matter Physics

Recognized for: Theoretical and computational studies of strongly correlated systems

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:  Theoretical condensed matter physics, computational physics and materials science, strongly correlated systems, many body physics, statistical mechanics

Kristjan Haule


PhD, Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
BSc, Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kristjan Haule studies the theory of strongly correlated electron systems, which include high-temperature superconductors, heavy fermions, and systems exhibiting metal-insulator transition and colossal magnetoresistance. In these materials, the behavior of the electrons is strongly affected by their interactions and cannot be accurately described by the conventional solid state physics models, which treat electrons as virtually non-interacting. Haule invents theoretical and computational methods to describe and predict the properties of complex correlated materials. These methodologies provide estimates of experimentally measurable material parameters, such as the thermopower, neutron form factor, and dynamical structure factor, and not only help to understand the properties of existing correlated systems, but also design new materials with desirable properties.

Haule has successfully applied his methods to a wide variety of interesting systems, which until recently did not have a theoretical description, such as the new iron superconductors, cuprate high-temperature superconductors, transition metal compounds, nuclear fuels, heavy fermions, and nanodevices.

"New materials that don’t yet exist in the laboratory will enable us to do as yet unimagined things."

Key Publications:

  1. Peng Zhang, R. E. Cohen, K. Haule. Effects of electron correlations on transport properties of iron at Earth’s core conditions. Nature. 2015 
  2. H.H. Kung, R. E. Baumbach, E. D. Bauer, V. K. Thorsmølle, W.-L. Zhang, K. Haule, J. A. Mydosh, G. Chirality density wave of the “hidden order” phase in URu2Si2. Blumberg, Science. 2015
  3. ZP Yin, K. Haule, G. Kotliar. Kinetic frustration and the nature of the magnetic and paramagnetic states in iron pnictides and iron chalcogenides. Nature Materials. 2011.
  4. K. Haule, G. Kotliar. Arrested Kondo efect and hidden order in URu2Si2. Nature Physics. 2009.

The Board of Trustees award for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers (2009)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2008
NSF CAREER Award, 2008

In the Media:

Physicists peel back secret to 'hidden order'. The Daily Targum of Rutgers University. March 3, 2015
Missing link in metal physics explains Earth's magnetic field. Science Daily.  January 28, 2015