- Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, 1976
- M.S., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1974
- B.Sc. Hons., Physics, University of Delhi, India, 1971
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associated Faculty in Physics
My research specialty is theoretical condensed matter (solid-state) physics. In recent years, our group has worked mainly on the physics of topological materials, most especially the quantum Hall regime of two-dimensional electronic systems (e.g. semiconductor heterostructures or graphene, subject to a strong perpendicular magnetic field). We also study highly disordered electronic and magnetic systems (exploring phenomena such as single-particle and many-body localization), as well as solid-state systems for spin-based and topological quantum computation.
Our research combines analytic and computational methods, including the concept of scaling, Density Matrix Renormalization Group, Strong Disorder Renormalization Group, Monte Carlo Methods, Transfer Matrix Methods and Sparse Matrix Diagonalization.
Professor Bhatt was Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (1999-2005), Faculty Fellow and Acting Associate Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (2005-2012), and prior to joining Princeton, Head of Theoretical Physics Research at Bell Laboratories.
- Integer Quantum Hall Transition in a fraction of a Landau Level, Matteo Ippoliti, Scott D. Geraedts and R. N. Bhatt, arXiv:1711.04688 (accepted for publication in Physical Review B - Editor's Suggestion)
- Fast Preparation of Critical Ground States using Superluminal Fronts, Kartiek Agarwal, R. N. Bhatt and S. L. Sondhi, arXiv:1710.09840.
- Disordered Quantum Spin Chains with Long-Range Antiferromagnetic Interactions, N. Moure, H.-Y. Lee, S. Haas, R. N. Bhatt and S. Kettemann, arXiv:1709.01460 (accepted for publication in Physical Review B)
- Heitler-London Model for Acceptor-Acceptor Interactions in Doped Semiconductors, Adam C. Durst, Kyle E. Castoria and R. N. Bhatt, Physical Review B 96, 155208 (2017).
- Composite Fermions in Bands with N-fold Rotational Symmetry, Matteo Ippoliti, Scott D. Geraedts and R. N. Bhatt, Physical Review B 96, 115151 (2017).
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (2004)
- Sigma Xi Award for Contributions to Science Education (2002)
- EPSRC Senior Visiting Fellowship, United Kingdom (2000)
- John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1995)
- Award for Contributions to Physics, American Chapter - Indian Physics Assoc. (1992)
- Individual & Group Performance Awards, AT&T Bell Laboratories (1987-89)
- Fellow, American Physical Society Fellow (1986)
- SERC Senior Visiting Fellowship, United Kingdom (1984)