Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 7602dkk.lee Website




Mrs Juraci Didone +44 (0)20 7594 0785




809Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I work in the area of quantum condensed matter physics. Although the rules of quantum mechanics are well understood for electrons and atoms, new phenomena can arise from the collective behaviour of a large number of interacting particles. My research focusses on the emergence of new phases of matter in quantum mechanical systems. I have worked on the physics of low-dimensional electron systems, superfluids, superconductors and ultracold atoms. My recent interests include topological band structures and novel phases in superfluid films and ultracold atomic systems.

I am also interested in fundamental questions at the interface between condensed matter physics and quantum information.  I am currently working on the quantum dynamics of isolated nanoscale systems out of equilibrium, with special focus on nanothermodynamics.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Nyéki J, Phillis A, Ho A, et al., 2017, Intertwined superfluid and density wave order in two-dimensional 4 He, Nature Physics, Vol:13, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:455-459

Siroki G, Lee DKK, Haynes PD, et al., 2016, Single-electron induced surface plasmons on a topological nanoparticle, Nature Communications, Vol:7, ISSN:2041-1723

Galilo B, Lee DKK, Barnett R, 2015, Selective Population of Edge States in a 2D Topological Band System, Physical Review Letters, Vol:115, ISSN:0031-9007

Malone FD, Blunt NS, Shepherd JJ, et al., 2015, Interaction picture density matrix quantum Monte Carlo, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:143, ISSN:0021-9606

Genway S, Ho AF, Lee DKK, 2013, Dynamics of Thermalization and Decoherence of a Nanoscale System, Physical Review Letters, Vol:111, ISSN:0031-9007

Duric T, Lee DKK, 2010, Frustrated Bose condensates in optical lattices, Physical Review B, Vol:81, ISSN:1098-0121

Genway S, Ho AF, Lee DKK, 2012, Thermalization of local observables in small Hubbard lattices, Physical Review A, Vol:86, ISSN:1050-2947

Eastham PR, Cooper NR, Lee DKK, 2009, Vortex states of a disordered quantum Hall bilayer, Physical Review B, Vol:80, ISSN:1098-0121

Lee DKK, Eastham PR, Cooper NR, 2011, Breakdown of Counterflow Superfluidity in a Disordered Quantum Hall Bilayer, Advances in Condensed Matter Physics, ISSN:1687-8108

Eastham PR, Cooper NR, Lee DKK, 2010, Critical Supercurrents and Self-Organization in Quantum Hall Bilayers, Physical Review Letters, Vol:105, ISSN:0031-9007

Genway S, Ho AF, Lee DKK, 2010, Dynamics of Thermalization in Small Hubbard-Model Systems, Physical Review Letters, Vol:105, ISSN:0031-9007

Lee, D.K.K., Kim, D.H., Lee, P.A., 2000, Degenerate bose liquid in a fluctuating gauge field, Physical Review Letters, Vol:76

Duric T, Ho AF, Lee DKK, 2009, Feshbach resonant scattering of three fermions in one-dimensional wells, Physical Review A, Vol:80, ISSN:2469-9926

Kay A, Lee DKK, Pachos JK, et al., 2005, Quantum information and triangular optical lattices, Optics and Spectroscopy, Vol:99, ISSN:0030-400X, Pages:339-356

Lee DKK, Kim DH, Lee PA, 1996, Degenerate bose liquid in a fluctuating gauge field, Physical Review Letters, Vol:76, ISSN:0031-9007, Pages:4801-4804

Jack RL, Lee DKK, Cooper NR, 2004, Dissipation and tunneling in quantum Hall bilayers, Physical Review Letters, Vol:93, ISSN:0031-9007

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