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Department of Physics

Dr. Kevin Bedell

rourke professor of physics

kevin-bedell

Phone: 617-552-3590
Higgins Hall 230F
E-mail: kevin.bedell@bc.edu


Education

Ph.D. in Physics, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
M.S. in Applied Mathematics, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
B.S. in Physics, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

Areas of Research

Strongly correlated electron systems, including high Tc superconductors and heavy fermion materials; theory of local, marginal and other correlated Fermi liquids; properties of quantum fluids and solids; weak ferromagnetism and co-existence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

Society Membership, Honors, Committees, etc.

  • Appointed Rourke Professor of Physics at Boston College, September 1999.
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1993 - present.
  • Member, American Physical Society.
  • Member, APS Wheatley Award Committee, 1998 – 2000.
  • Editor, Advances in Physics, November 1995 – present.
  • Who’s Who in America.
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
  • Review Panelist for National Research Council Research Associateship Program, sponsored by The National Academies, January 2005 – present.

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate, University of Illinois Urbana, September 1979 – January 1982.
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, SUNY Stony Brook, September 1982 – August 1985.
  • Visiting Professor, Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory, Leiden, The Netherlands, September 1985 – September 1986.
  • Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theoretical Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Group, T-11, September 1986 – January 1996.
  • Director, Program in Correlated Electron Theory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, November 1991 – December 1995.
  • Project leader for the Many-Body Theory effort in the Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Group, T-11, Los Alamos National Laboratory, August 1990 – December 1995.
  • Co-Director, Many-Body Theory Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory, January 1996 – 2000.
  • Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, February 1996 – present.
  • Professor of Physics, Boston College, September 1995 – present.
  • Chair, Department of Physics, Boston College, September 1995 – September 2006.
  • Vice Provost for Research, Boston College, October 2006 – present.

Selected Conferences and Invited Talks

  • Invited speaker at the Condensed Matter Meeting of the Brazilian Physical Society, "What Kind of Liquid Are the High Temperature Superconductors?" May 5 – 8, 1992.
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Summer Workshop on "Non-Fermi Liquid and Unconventional Metals," July 18 – August 6, 1994.
  • Invited speaker at the "Seventh Conference on Superconductivity and Applications," Buffalo, New York, "The Theory of High-Tc: Are We There Yet?" September 7 – 9, 1994.
  • Invited lecturer at the National Center for Theoretical Physics in Canberra, Australia, "Microscopic Foundations of Fermi Liquid and Non-Fermi Liquid Theories of High Temperature Superconductors," November 1 – 11, 1994.
  • Invited speaker at “Spectroscopies of Novel Superconductors” Conference,” Cape Cod, MA, speaking on "Reflections on the Conference: Spectroscopies of Novel Superconductors, 1997,” September 1997.
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Summer Workshop on "Superconductivity in Unconventional Metals," July 17 – August 2, 1999.
  • Invited participant in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Workshop on "Complex Adaptive Matter," August 23 – 28, 1999.
  • Invited speaker at the "Workshop on the Nuclear Standard Model: Ieri, Oggi, Doani: A celebration of Vijay Pandharipande's sixtieth birthday," Elba, Italy, speaking on "New Collective Modes in Ferromagnetic Metals: Are there lessons to be learned for nuclear matter?" June 26 – 30, 2000.
  • Invited speaker at the "Workshop on Superconductivity and Emergent Behavior in Correlated Electron Systems," Los Alamos, NM, speaking on "S-Wave Superconductivity in Weak Ferromagnets,” September 9 – 11, 2000.
  • Invited participant in the Institute for Theoretical Physics Workshop on "High Temperature Superconductivity,” September 12 – October 9, 2000.
  • Invited speaker at the "Tradeline Conference on New Cost-Effective Planning Models and Building Programs for College and University Learning Facilities," Hilton Head, SC, speaking on "Space: The final frontier," November 9 – 10, 2000. (This was a talk I presented with two architects from Shepley Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott.)
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Summer Workshop on “Emergent Behavior in Correlated Electron Superconductors,” July 2 – 15, 2001.
  • Invited participant in "From Superconductivity to Magnetism: A Symposium to honor Professor J. R. Schrieffer, Nobel Laureate,” Santa Fe, NM, October 18 – 19, 2001.
  • Invited lecturer at the March 2002 American Physical Society Annual Meeting, speaking on "Superconductivity and the Normal State Near Ferromagnetic Quantum Criticality," March 20, 2002.
  • Invited speaker and breakout group leader at "Shaping the Physics Agenda for the Next Decade: A conference for physics department chairs," sponsored by APS and AAPT, College Park, MD, speaking on "How to Increase the Number of Physics Majors," June 7 – 9, 2002.
  • Invited speaker at “Quantum Criticality in Correlated Matter” Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY, speaking on “Quantum Fluctuation Driven First Order Phase Transitions in a Weak Ferromagnetic Metal,” March 2003.
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Workshop on “Competing Orders and Quantum Criticality in Correlated Electrons, Bosons, and Spin Systems,” July 7 – August 10, 2003.
  • Invited participant in “Nuclear Energy and Science for the 21st Century: Atoms for peace plus fifty” Conference, Washington, D.C., October 22, 2003.
  • Invited speaker at “Spectroscopies of Novel Superconductors, 2004” Conference, Sitges, Spain, speaking on “Quantum Fluctuation Driven First Order Phase Transitions in Weak Ferromagnetic Metals,” July 2004.
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Workshop on “Pseudogaps in Strongly Correlated Metals,” August 30 – September 10, 2004.
  • Invited speaker at “Shaping Environments for Undergraduate Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields” Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, speaking on “Space Matter: The Boston College story,” September 10 – 12, 2004. (Of note: This was a meeting involving architects, administrators, faculty, and building planners who have or who will be building science facilities.)
  • Invited participant in the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Workshop on “Quantum Phase Transitions,” February 13 – March 5, 2005.
  • Invited participant in the Aspen Center for Physics Workshop on “Interactions, Coherence & Control in Mesoscopic Systems,” July 11 – 31, 2005.

Selected Publications

  • "Short-Range Correlations in the Electron Gas," K.S. Bedell and G.E. Brown, Phys. Rev. B 17, 4512 (1978).
  • "Polarization Potentials and Transport Properties of normal 3He," K.S. Bedell and D. Pines, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 39 (1980).
  • "The Stability of the Roton Liquid in Superfluid 4He," K.S. Bedell, I.A. Fomin, and D. Pines, J. Low Temp. Phys. 48, 417 (1982).
  • "The Incompressibility of Neutron-Rich Nuclear Matter," M. Prakash and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. C 32, 1118 (1985).
  • "One-Component Fermi Liquid Theory and the Properties of UPt3," C.J. Pethick, D. Pines, K.F. Quader, K.S. Bedell, and G.E. Brown, Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 1955 (1986).
  • "Near-Metamagnetism of Liquid 3He at High Pressure," Carlos Sanchez-Castro and Kevin S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 854 (1986).
  • "New Results for Spin Waves and the Leggett-Rice Effect in 3He-4He Mixtures," K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 16 (1989).
  • "Scaling Theory for Marginal Fermi Liquids," Gergely T. Zimanyi and Kevin S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 228 (1991).
  • "Non-Analytic Contributions to the Thermodynamics of Two Dimensional Fermi Liquids," D. Coffey and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 1043 (1993).
  • "The Metal-Insulator Transition," M. Gulacsi and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2765 (1994).
  • "Robustness of a Local Fermi Liquid Against Ferromagnetism and Phase Separation," J. Engelbrecht and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 4265 (1995).
  • "Charge and Spin Drude Weights in Fermi Liquids,” K.S. Bedell and P. Farinas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 4285 (1995).
  • "Luttinger Theorem in One Dimensional Metals," K. Blagoev and K. S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1106 (1997).
  • "Hidden Spin-Current Conservation in 2D Fermi Liquids," P. F. Farinas, K. S. Bedell, and N. Studart, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 3851 (1999).
  • "Effect of Ferromagnetic Spin Correlations on Superconductivity in Ferromagnetic Metals," K. B. Blagoev, J. R. Engelbrecht, and K. S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 133 (1999).
  • “Coexistence of Ferromagnetism and Superconductivity,” N.I. Karchev, K.B. Blagoev, K.S. Bedell, and P.B. Littlewood, Phys Rev. Lett. 86, 846 (2001).
  • “Quantum Spin Hydrodynamics and a New Spin Current Mode in Ferromagnetic Metals,” K.S. Bedell and K.B. Blagoev, Phil. Mag. Lett. 81, 511 (2001).
  • “Superconductivity Near Itinerant Ferromagnetic Quantum Criticality,” Z. Wang, W. Mao, and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 257001 (2001).
  • “Quantum Fluctuation Driven First Order Phase Transition in Weak Ferromagnetic Metals,” J. Jackiewicz and K.S. Bedell, Phil. Mag. B 83, 3247 (2003).

Selected Recent Publications

  • "Zeeman-like Degeneracy of a Massive Ferromagnetic Mode: Charge Effects in the Spin Channel,” P.F. Farinas and K.S. Bedell, Physica B 329-33, 1119 (2003).
  • “Orbital Zeeman Effect: Signature of a Massive Spin Wave Mode in Ferromagnetism,” P.F. Farinas and K.S. Bedell, Phil. Mag. B 83, 789 (2003).
  • “A Model of Coexistent Superconductivity and Ferromagnetism,” J. Jackiewicz, K.B. Blagoev, K.S. Bedell, Phil. Mag. B 83, 3247 (2003).
  • “Physical Properties of Superconducting-Coexistent System from a Mean-Field Model,” H.P. Dahal, J. Jackiewicz, K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. B 71, 184518 (2005).
  • “Pairing Symmetry Signature of T1 in Superconducting Ferromagnets,” H.P. Dahal, J. Jackiewicz, and K.S. Bedell, Phys. Rev. B (2005).

Selected Books and Conference Proceedings Edited

  • High Temperature Superconductivity: The Los Alamos Symposium 1989, K.S. Bedell, D. Coffey, D.E. Meltzer, D. Pines and J.R. Schrieffer, editors (Addison-Wesley, Redwood City 1990).
  • Strongly Correlated Electronic Materials: The Los Alamos Symposium 1993, K.S. Bedell, Z. Wang, D. Meltzer, A. Balatsky, and E. Abrahams, editors (Addison-Wesley, Redwood City, 1994).