David Neilson
BSc(Hons) Melb., MS, PhD S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook
Professor of Physics
University of Antwerp;
Partner Investigator
Australian Research Council
FLEET Centre of Excellence


Career Summary
David Neilson is
author of more than 100 refereed research articles, review chapters in books and
refereed conference reports and editor of a number of review books.
Superfluidity in graphene multilayers... A new quantum phenomenon in
graphene predicted by Neilson and coworkers has recently been observed.
In May 2018 Physical Review
Letters published an article by a University of Texas at Austin experimental
group confirming a theoretical prediction by David Neilson in collaboration
with Andrea Perali (University of Camerino) and Alex Hamilton (University of N.S.W.,
Sydney) that in a system of "double bilayer graphene" at low charge
carrier densities, there should appear a new quantum phenomenon, condensation
and the superfluid flow of pairs of electrons and holes, a state of matter searched
for forty years, but never before observed.
Creation of this new quantum state in graphene opens up novel opportunities for quantumtechnological applications, some to be
developed in the new FLEET Centre of Excellence.
He serves on International Advisory Committees for
Conference series including
o
(Chair, International Advisory Committee)
International Conferences on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories (RPMBT) <http://www.physics.buffalo.edu/MBT18/>
o (Chair, Program Committee)
International Conferences on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems <http://newmexicoconsortium.org/table/conferences/sccs/2014/>
International Workshops on Condensed Matter Theories (CMT)
He is
organiser of international conferences including:
MultiSuper 2014. MultiCondensate
Superconductivity and Superfluidity in Solids and Ultracold Gases 2014 <http://www.multisuper.ml1.net/>
o Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems Conference, Camerino, 2008
International Conference on Recent challenges in novel quantum systems,
Camerino 2005o
Frontiers of Science & Technology Workshop on Soft Condensed Matter and
Nanoscale Physics,
Sydney 2003
o Australian Institute of Physics National Congress,
Sydney, 2002
o International Workshops on Condensed Matter Theories
Canberra,
2002
o CECAM
Workshop on Coupled Bilayers of Electrons, Villa Gualino, Turin, 1999
Tenth
International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories,
Sydney 1997
o
He was convenor of the annual series
Gordon
Godfrey Workshops on Recent Advances in Condensed Matter Theory,
Sydney from its first meeting in 1991.
He He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of
Physics, a member of the American Physical Society and the
Institute
of Physics
(U.K.).
Born in
Sydney, David Neilson did his schooling at
Geelong
Grammar School.
He studied Physics and Mathematics at the
University of
Melbourne,
graduating with a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in 1968 under the supervision
of Geoffrey Opat. He went to New York on a Fulbright scholarship in 1969 and
completed an M.S. degree in High Energy Particle Physics and Field Theory under
the supervision of Ben Lee at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
in 1971. He then switched his research activities to Condensed Matter Physics,
working with Gerald Brown jointly at Stony Brook and at the Niels Bohr
Institute in Copenhagen. His doctoral project was on the Many Body Problem
for the strongly interacting quantum system of electrons in solids. Obtaining
his Ph.D. in 1974 he took an N.S.F. research Fellowship at
Northwestern
University
in Chicago working with ChiaWei Woo on the quantum solidification of
Helium and on the possibility of the solidification of nuclear matter under the
intense pressures found in neutron stars.
In 1975 he
took up a position of Assistant Professor at the
University of
Southern
California
in Los Angeles and in 1978 he moved to the
University of
New South Wales
in
Sydney as Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor). From 19851994 he was Associate Professor,
and from 1995 until 2003 Professor of Physics at
New South Wales.
He maintains his ties with New South Wales as a Visiting Professor. He has held
visiting positions at the Niels Bohr Institute, (NORDITA Fellow),
at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart (Research Scientist), at
Nottingham University (S.E.R.C. Visiting Fellow), at the
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (Research
Director), Université de Paris VI (Visiting Fellow), and the
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Visiting Professor).
From 2005 to 2017 he was chiara fama Professor in Italy at the historic University of Camerino (founded 1336). He was
also Research Associate with the National Enterprise for NanoScience and
NanoTechnology (NEST) Centre at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
In 2018 David Neilson was appointed Professor of Physics at the University
of Antwerp. He is a Partner Investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre
of Excellence “Future Low Energy Electronic Transport” (FLEET).
Research Interests
David Neilson has wide experience in the field of semiconductor theory
and has studied exotic quantum phases of the lowdimensional systems found in
semiconductor devices. His recent work has been on superfluidity in graphene bilayer devices. The prediction of superfluidity (Reference [13]) has attracted over 50 citations. He has also predicted new states of matter for electrons
in coupled bilayers
in the form of a
coupled electron crystalline solid or a charge density waves. Reference
[53] with over 100 citations, has stimulated a large number of
followup studies of bilayers
in zero magnetic field. The predictions that a coupled crystal does
form at
relatively high densities were confirmed in numerical simulation
studies. There
has been a CECAM (France) conference devoted to coupled bilayers in
zero
magnetic field resulting from Ref. [37]. He developed comprehensive diagrammatic
manybody calculations incorporating functional conserving techniques for
conduction electrons. He developed a
quantum generalization of the classical glass equations with applications to
conduction electrons, extended it to include impurities in interacting electron
2D layers, and showed that this could lead to a transition to a solid
electron glass state]. He has worked on ground state, localization and
transport properties in disordered electron 2D systems. He has studied
the effect of strong correlations between electron spins in electron
systems at low density. He has studied
the decisive effect that impurities have on the ground state of interacting
electrons in quasi onedimensional quantum wires. Before taking
up his chiara fama Chair in Italy, he had had continuous funding as Chief Investigator of
Major Research Grants from the Australian Research Council for an uninterrupted
period of 25 years from 1978.
Selected Publications
Here are representative examples of David Neilson's 140 publications

 Multiband Mechanism for the
Sign Reversal of Coulomb Drag Observed in Double Bilayer Graphene
Heterostructures, M. Zarenia, A. R. Hamilton, F. M. Peeters, and D. Neilson,
Phys. Rev. Lett. (to appear)
 Evidence from quantum Monte
Carlo of large gap superfluidity and BCSBEC crossover in double electronhole
layers, Pablo Lo'pez Ri'os, Andrea Perali, Richard J. Needs and David Neilson,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 17701 (2018)
 Multicomponent ElectronHole
Superfluidity and the BCSBEC Crossover in Double Bilayer Graphene, S. Conti,
A. Perali, F. M. Peeters, and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 257002 (2017)
 Inhomogeneous phases in
coupled electronhole bilayer graphene sheets: Charge Density Waves and Coupled
Wigner Crystals, M. Zarenia, D. Neilson, and F. M. Peeters, Sci. Reports 7, 11510
(2017)
 Wigner crystallization in
transition metal dichalcogenides: A new approach to correlation energy, M.
Zarenia, D. Neilson, B. Partoens, and F. M. Peeters, Phys. Rev. B 95, 115438
(2017)
 Tuning the BECBCS crossover
in electronhole double bilayer graphene superfluidity using multiband effects,
Sara Conti, Andrea Perali, David Neilson, and François Peeters, BPhy. 01/2014,
1 (2017)
 Large gap electronhole
superfluidity and shape resonances in coupled graphene nanoribbons, M. Zarenia,
A. Perali, F. M. Peeters, and D. Neilson, Sci. Reports 6, 24860 (2016)
 Manybody electron
correlations in graphene, David Neilson, Andrea Perali, and Mohammad Zarenia,
J. Phys.: Conf. Series 702, 012008 (2016)
 Using magnetic stripes to
stabilize superfluidity in electronhole double monolayer graphene, Luca
Dell’Anna, Andrea Perali, Lucian Covaci, and David Neilson, Phys. Rev. B, Rapid
Comm. 92, 220502(R) (2015)
 Enhancement of electronhole
superfluidity in double fewlayer graphene, M. Zarenia, A. Perali, D. Neilson,
and F. M. Peeters, Sci. Reports 4, 7319 (2014) DOI: 10.1038/srep07319
 Enhancement of electronhole
superfluidity in double fewlayer graphene, M. Zarenia, A. Perali, D. Neilson
and F. M. Peeters, Sci. Reports 4, 7319 (2014) DOI: 10.1038/srep07319
 Excitonic superfluidity and
screening in electronhole bilayer systems, D. Neilson, A. Perali and A. R. Hamilton,
Phys. Rev. B Rapid Comm. 89, 060502(R)1 
060502(R)5 (2014)
 HighTemperature
Superfluidity in DoubleBilayer Graphene, A. Perali, D. Neilson and A. R.
Hamilton, Phys. Rev. Letters 110, 1468031 
1468035 (2013)
 Quantum Glass Transition at
Finite Temperature in TwoDimensional Electron Layers, David Neilson, Alexander
R. Hamilton and Jagdish S Thakur, Int. J. Mod Phys. B 27, 13470041 –
134700413 (2013)
 Proceedings of the
International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems 2011, Budapest,
Hungary, Zolt´an Donk´o, Peter Hartmann and David Neilson (eds.) , Contrib.
Plasma Physics 52, 6 (2012)
 Dissipative processes in low
density strongly interacting 2D electron systems, D. Neilson, chapter 9 in book
Condensed Matter Theories Vol. 25, ed. Eduardo V Ludeña, Raymond F Bishop
and Peter Iza, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2011)
 Anomalous transport in
mesoscopic inhomogeneous twodimensional electron systems at low temperature,
D. Neilson and A.R. Hamilton, Phys. Rev. B15 82, 035310 (2010)
 Dissipative processes in low density strongly
interacting 2D electron systems, D. Neilson, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 24, 49464960
(2010)
 Metal–insulator transition in 2D as a quantum
phase transition, D.J.W. Geldart and D. Neilson, J. Phys. A 42, 214011 (2009)
 Quantum tunnelling and hopping between
metallic domains in disordered twodimensional mesoscopic electron systems, D.
Neilson and A.R. Hamilton, J. Phys. A 42, 214012 (2009)
 Tunneling and Hopping Between Domains in the
MetalInsulator Transition in Two Dimensions, David Neilson and Alex Hamilton,
Int. J. Mod. Phys. 22, 4565 – 4571 (2008)
 Special issue on new developments in strongly
coupled Coulomb systems, David Neilson and Gaetano Senatore, J. Phys. A Math.
Theor. 42, 210301 (2009)
 Quantum critical point description of the 2D
metal insulator transition, D.J.W. Geldart and D. Neilson, Physica E:
Lowdimensional Systems and Nanostructures, 40, 1182 (2008)
 MetalInsulator Phenomena in 2D: A Unified
Scaling Picture, D. Neilson and D.J.W. Geldart, chapter 11 in book, Condensed
Matter Theories Vol. 21, edited by Hisazumi Akai, Hiroshi Toki and F. Bary
Malik (Nova, New York 2007)
 Quantum critical behavior in insulating region
of the 2D metal insulator transition, D.J.W. Geldart and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev.
B15 76, 193304 (2007)
 Electron Gas In HighField Nanoscopic
Transport: Metallic Carbon Nanotubes, F. Green and D. Neilson, Int. J. Mod.
Physics B 21, 2181 – 2190 (2007)
 Effects of density imbalance on the BCSBEC
crossover in semiconductor electronhole bilayers, P. Pieri, D. Neilson, and G.
C. Strinati,, Phys. Rev. B 75, 113301 (2007)
 Temperature dependent resistivity in the low
resistance region for diffusive transport in twodimensions, D.J.W. Geldart and
D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 70, 235336 (2004)
 Twocomponent scaling near the metalinsulator
bifurcation in two dimensions, D.J.W. Geldart and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 67,
205309 (2003)
 Density dependence of critical magnetic fields
at the metalinsulator bifurcation in two dimensions, D.J.W. Geldart and D.
Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 67, 045310 (2003)
 Characterizing the metalinsulator transitions
in 2D, D. Neilson, J.S. Thakur and E. Tosatti, Aust. J. Phys. 53, 531 (2000)
 The effect of spin alignment on the
metalinsulator transition in twodimensional systems, J.S. Thakur and D.
Neilson, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 12, 4483 (2000)
 Phase diagram of the metalinsulator
transition in twodimensional electronic systems, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson,
Phys. Rev. B Rapid Comm. 59, R5280 (1999)
 Metalinsulator transition in a disordered 2D
electron gas including temperature effects, J.S. Thakur, Lerwen Liu and D.
Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 59, R72557258 (1999)
 Superconductivity in a correlated disordered
twodimensional electron gas, J.S.
Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 58, 1371713720 (1998)
 Finite Temperature Correlations on Plasmon and
Coulomb Drag in Coupled Quantum Wells, Lerwen Liu, D. Neilson and L.
Swierkowski, Physica B 249251, 937940 (1998)
 Exciton and Charge Density Wave Formation in
Spatially Separated Electron Hole Liquids, Lerwen Liu, L. Swierkowski and D.
Neilson, Physica B 249251, 594597 (1998)
 Superconducting pairing in coupled
electronhole layers, J.S. Thakur, D. Neilson and M.P. Das, Phys. Rev. B 57,
18011804, (1998)
 Freezing of Strongly correlated Electrons in
Bilayer Systems with Weak Disorder, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson, Prog. Theor.
Phys. 126, 339 (1997)
 Electron correlations in thin disordered
quantum wires, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 56, 4679 (1997)
 Coupled electron and hole quantum wires, J.S.
Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 56, 4671 (1997)
 Electron correlations and disorder on mobility
and localization in quasi onedimensional wires, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 56,
7485 (1997)
 Freezing of strongly correlated electrons in
bilayer systems with weak disorder, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B
56, 1029710302 (1997)
 Frozen electron solid in the presence of small
concentrations of defects, J.S. Thakur and D. Neilson, Phys. Rev. B 54,
76747677 (1996)
 Static and dynamic properties of coupled
electronelectron and electronhole layers, Lerwen Liu, L. Swierkowski, D.
Neilson and J. Szymanski, Phys. Rev. B 53, 79237931 (1996)
 Correlations in coupled layers of electrons
and holes, (with J. Szymanski and L. Swierkowski), Phys. Rev. B 50, 11002 (1994).
 Excitations of the strongly correlated
electron liquid in coupled layers, (with L.Swierkowski, J.Szymanski and
L.Liu), Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 4035  4038
(1993).
 Spin correlations in the low density electron
system, (with F. Green, L.Swierkowski, J. Szymanski and D.J.W.Geldart), Phys. Rev.
B 47, 4187  4192 (1993).
 Electron Liquids in Coupled Quantum Wells,
(with L. Swierkowski and J. Szymanski),
Acta Phys. Pol. 43, (1993).
 Nonlocal exchange contribution to the Free
Energy of inhomogeneous manyFermion systems.
III. Numerical study for screened
Coulomb interaction, (with M.R.A.
Shegelski, D.J.W. Geldart and M.L.
Glasser), Can. J. Phys. 72, (1993).
 Collective modes in the twodimensional
electron liquid near the Wigner phase transition, (with L. Swierkowski, J. Szymanski and L. Liu) J. Low Temp. Phys. 89, 251  256 (1992).
 Positron Surface Sticking Rates, (with A.B. Walker, J. Szymanski and K.O.
Jensen), Phys. Rev. A 46, 1687  1696 (1992).
 Enhancement of Wigner Crystallization in
MultipleQuantumWell Structures, (with L.Swierkowski and J.Szymanski), Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 240  243 (1991).
 Dynamical Theory for Strongly Correlated Two
Dimensional Electron Systems, (with A. Sjölander, L. Swierkowski and J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev. B
44, 6291  6305 (1991)
 Adsorption of Zinc on Cadmium Telluride and
Mercury Telluride Surfaces, (with K.A.I.L.
Wijewardena J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev. B
44, 6344  6350 (1991).
 New Quantum Interference Effect in Rotating
Systems, (with C. H. Tsai), Phys. Rev. A
37, 619621 (1988).
 Angular Distribution of Positrons Emitted from
Metal Surfaces, (with R.M. Nieminen and J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev B 38, 1113111134 (1988)
 Surface Barrier Effects in Low Energy Positron
Diffraction, (with P.J. Jennings),
Solid State Comm. 65, 649652
(1988).
 Energy Loss Mechanism for Hot Electrons in
GaAs, (with D.X. Lu and J.
Szymanski), J. de Physique 48, 263266 (1987).
 Electron and Hole Self Energy Contributions to
the Dynamic Structure Factor in Interacting Electron Systems, (with F. Green
and J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev. B 35, 124  132 (1987).
 Multipair Excitations and Sum Rules in
Interacting Electron Systems, (with F.
Green, D. Pines and J. Szymanski),
Phys. Rev. B 35, 133144 (1987).
 Adsorption on Narrow Gap Semiconductors, (with H.J. Kreuzer and J.Szymanski), Phys. Rev. A
36, 3294  3303 (1987).
 Phonon Emission by a Hot Two Dimensional
Electron Gas in a Quantizing Magnetic Field
(with G.A. Toombs, F.W. Sheard and L.J. Challis), Sol. State Comm. 64, 577  581 (1987).
 Emission of Thermal Positrons from Metal
Surfaces, (with R.M. Nieminen and
J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev. A
33, 1567 – 1571 (1986).
 Dynamical Theory of Binary Ionic
Mixtures, (with K.I. Golden and
F.Green), Phys. Rev. A, Rapid Comm.
31, 3529 3532 (1985).
 Functional Dependence of Electron Mobility on Distance of Remote Donor Impurities from the Interface in AlGaAs/GaAs
Heterostructures, (with J. Szymanski, F.
Green, P.G. Kemeny and B.J. Linard),
App. Surf. Sci. 22, 992996
(1985).
 First Principles Calculation of the Dynamic
Structure Factor for the Electron Gas in Metallic Systems, (with F. Green and J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev.
B 31, 5837  5840 (1985).
 Nonlinear Response Function Approach to Binary
Ionic Mixtures: Dynamical Theory, (with K.I.
Golden and F. Green), Phys. Rev.
A 32, 1669  1692 (1985).
 Bound Electron States of Coulombic Impurities
and their Effect on Mobility in Inversion Layers, (with F. Green and J. Szymanski), Surf.
Sci. 142, 279  283 (1984).
 A Conserving Dynamic Theory for the Electron
Gas, (with F. Green and J.
Szymanski), Phys. Rev B 31, 2779  2795 (1985).
 The Dynamic Structure Factor for the Electron
Gas in Metallic Systems, (with F. Green and J. Szymanski), Phys. Rev B
31, 2796  2815 (1985).
 Momentum Dependent Annihilation Rate for
Positrons in Metals, Phys. Rev. B 26, 60
 65 (1982).
 Direct Evidence for Dynamic Electron Electron
Correlations in Metals, (with F. Green and J. Szymanski), Phys.
Rev. Lett. 48, 638641 (1982)
 Photodesorption of Diatomic Molecules by Laser
 Molecular Vibrational Coupling, (with H.J. Kreuzer), Chem. Phys. Letters 78, 50 53 (1981).
 Rate Equations for Positronium Formation at
Metal Surfaces, (with H.J. Kreuzer and
Z.W. Gortel), Solid State Comm. 35, 781 784 (1981).
 On the Validity of a Hydrodynamic Description
of Laser – Driven Fusion, (with H.J.
Kreuzer), J. Plasma Physics 23, 357 381 (1981).
 Study of the Electronic Structure of Model
(110) Surfaces and Interfaces of SemiInfinite IIIV Compound
Semiconductors: The GaSbInAs System, (with N.V. Dandekar and A. Madhukar), Phys. Rev. B
21, 5687  5705 (1980).
 Enhancement of Positron Annihilation with Core
Electrons in Solids, (with E. Bonderup and J.U. Andersen), Phys. Rev. B
20, 883 899 (1979).
 Study of Interface Electronic Structure of a
Model MetalSemiconductor Interface,
(with A. Madhukar), Phys. Rev. B 17, 3832 3843 (1978).
 Solidification of Helium4 Monolayer, (with
M.A. Lee and C.W. Woo), Phys. Rev. B 14,
4874  4882 (1976).
 New Variational Treatment of the Ground State
of Solid Helium, (with C.W. Woo), Phys. Rev. B
13, 3790  3798 (1976).
 Theory of Quantum Crystals, (with C.W.
Woo), Phys. Lett. 56A, 402  404
(1976).
 Caging and the Solidification of Neutron Star
Matter, (with C.W. Woo), Phys. Rev.
D 13, 3201  3207 (1976).
 Electron Correlations at Metallic
Densities, (with G.E. Brown), Phys.
Rev. B 12, 2138  2149 (1975).
 Positron Annihilation and Electron
Correlations in Metals, (with A.D. Jackson), Phys. Rev. B 12, 1689  1706 (1975).
 SingleElectron Energies, Many Electron
Effects, and the Renormalized Atom Scheme as Applied to RareEarth Metals,
(with J.F. Herbst and R.E. Watson), Phys. Rev. B 6, 1913  1924 (1972).
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