Belén Valenzuela Requena

My profile
Tenured Scientist
Departamento de Teoría de la Materia Condensada
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
C/Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3
Campus de Cantoblanco, Madrid 28049, Spain.
TEL: +34 91 334 9000. FAX: +34 91 372 0623
e-mail: belenv at
I belong to GEFES (Grupo Especializado de Física del Estado Sólido)

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Research Interests

I am interested in emergent quantum phases in condensed matter systems. For a definition of condensed matter physics, please click at this video in english or in spanish. The emergent quantum phases arise due to the collective behavior of matter and give rise to surprising properties inconceivable from its constituent elements. Well known examples are magnetism and superconductivity. The focus of my research is strongly correlated electron systems in low dimensions, a very fertile area to find these new emergent properties. In strongly correlated electron systems the electron interaction dominates the motion of the electrons and it is necessary to go beyond the standard theory of metals (Fermi liquid theory). Furthermore, in low dimensions quantum fluctuations are unavoidable. Due to this complex interplay between the strong interactions and quantum fluctuations, strongly correlated electron systems present rich phase diagrams that can include conventional phases such as BCS superconductivity, antiferromagnetism, ferromagnetism, etc, and some other exotic phases presenting new physics. The characterization and the microscopic description of these phases is a field of intense debate in condensed matter theory. In particular I am interested in the following fields:

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Brief CV


Last modified: February 17th (2016)