Natalia Perkins

Short CV

  • 2019-current: Full Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • 2014-2019: Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • 2013-2043: Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 2007-2013: Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 2006-2007: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2004-2006: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
  • 2002-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Frascati, Italy
  • 1997-2008: Senior Researcher at the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR, Dubna, Russia
  • 1997: Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed matter Physics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). The dissertation was titled “Magnons, magnetic polaritons and magnetostatic waves”, under the supervision of Prof. Moisei Kaganov.
  • 1994: Graduated with honors in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the Moscow State University, Russia

Selected Awards

  • 2017, Emmy Noether Fellow, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada
  • 2016, Fellow of American Physical Society

Research Interests

My research is in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics. My goal is to understand properties of materials from fundamental microscopic basis. I am particularly interested in all kinds of phenomena observed in magnetic materials. In my work, I focus on developing and analyzing microscopic models of electronic systems with strong interplay between charge, spin, and orbital degrees of freedom, and geometric frustration. In particular, I am interested in understanding various unconventional quantum phases in correlated materials, e.g., quantum spin liquids. This is an exciting area of condensed matter physics with rapidly evolving fundamental concepts, discoveries of materials with intriguingly novel behaviors and high promise for useful applications.

Selected Publications

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Hauspurg, A.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Helm, T.; Felea, V.; Wosnitza, J.; Tsurkan, V.; Choi, K. -Y.; Do, S. -H.; Ye, Mengxing; Brenig, Wolfram; Perkins, Natalia B.: Fractionalized Excitations Probed by Ultrasound. , 2023 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Poliakov, Vladislav; Kao, Wen-Han; Perkins, Natalia B.: Topological transitions in the site-diluted Yao-Lee spin-orbital model. , 2023 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Rousochatzakis, Ioannis; Perkins, Natalia B.; Luo, Qiang; Kee, Hae-Young: Beyond Kitaev physics in strong spin-orbit coupled magnets. , 2023 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Singh, Susmita; Stavropoulos, P. Peter; Perkins, Natalia B.: Phonon dynamics in the generalized Kitaev spin liquid. Physical Review B 107 (21), 2023 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Stavropoulos, P. Peter; Yang, Yang; Rousochatzakis, Ioannis; Perkins, Natalia B.: Complex orders and chirality in the classical Kitaev-$Γ$ model. , 2023 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )