Austen Lamacraft

Theoretical Physicist


2014- University of Cambridge Reader in Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics

Recent Projects


2017 Quantum inspired probabilistic models in machine learning. Ongoing work at


2016 Unifying computing in the Cambridge undergraduate physics course under a single framework based on Python. See


2012-14 University of Cambridge University Lecturer, Department of Physics

2007-12 University of Virginia Assistant Professor, Department of Physics (Tenure 2012)

2005-07 University of Oxford Postdoctoral Fellow, All Souls College

2002-05 Princeton University Robert H. Dicke Fellow, Department of Physics

2001-07 University of Cambridge Junior Reseach Fellow, Trinity College

1998-99 Barclays Capital Derivatives Trader, Interest Rate Exotics


1999-02 University of Cambridge PhD Theoretical Physics (Supervisor: Ben Simons)

1997-98 University of Cambridge MMath (Part III Mathematics, Distinction)

1994-97 University of Cambridge BA Natural Sciences (First Class Honours)

Technical skills

Grants / Awards

2017 Co-PI on EPSRC Critical Mass grant EP/P034616/1 (£2,023,484)

2010 Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement ($75,000)

2009 NSF CAREER award ($425,000)

2007 Royal Society University Research Fellowship (declined), 2007

2002 Miller Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined), 2002


2017 Noisy Spins and the Richardson-Gaudin Model

2017 Persistent currents in ferromagnetic condensates
Phys. Rev. B 95, 224512

2017 Nonlinear Luttinger liquid: exact result for the Green function in terms of the fourth Painlevé transcendent
SciPost Phys. 2, 005 (2017)

2015 Quantum Hydrodynamics in One Dimension beyond the Luttinger Liquid

2014 The Fine Structure of the Phonon in One Dimension from Quantum Hydrodynamics
Phys. Rev. B 90, 241415 (2014)

2013 From GPE to KPZ: finite temperature dynamical structure factor of the 1D Bose gas
Phys. Rev. A 88, 021603(R)

2013 Diffractive scattering of three particles in one dimension: a simple result for weak violations of the Yang--Baxter equation
Phys. Rev. A 87, 012707

2012 Critical velocity of a mobile impurity in one-dimensional quantum liquids
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 207001 (2012)

2011 Universal phase structure of dilute Bose gases with Rashba spin-orbit coupling
Phys. Rev. A 84, 061604(R)

2011 Boson Pairing and Unusual Criticality in a Generalized XY Model
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 240601 (2011)

2011 Noise correlations in the expansion of an interacting one-dimensional Bose gas from a regular array
Phys. Rev. A 84, 043632

2011 Potential insights into non-equilibrium behavior from atomic physics
Ultracold bosonic and fermionic gases,

2011 Phase Diagram of Two-Dimensional Polar Condensates in a Magnetic Field
Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 140402

2011 Spin-1 microcondensate in a magnetic field
Phys. Rev. A 83, 033605

2010 Low-energy dynamics of spinor condensates
Phys. Rev. B 81, 184526 (2010)

2010 Non-Fermi-Liquid Fixed Point for an Imbalanced Gas of Fermions in \\(1+\epsilon\\) Dimensions
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 190403

2009 Dispersion relation and spectral function of an impurity in a one-dimensional quantum liquid
Phys. Rev. B 79, 241105(R) (2009)

2009 Kondo Polarons in a One-Dimensional Fermi Gas
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 225301 (2009)

2008 Radio-frequency spectroscopy of a strongly imbalanced Feshbach-resonant Fermi gas
Phys. Rev. A 78, 033614 (2008)

2008 Long-wavelength spin dynamics of ferromagnetic condensates
Phys. Rev. A 77, 063622 (2008)

2008 Order Parameter Statistics in the Critical Quantum Ising Chain
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 165706 (2008)

2008 Spinodal decomposition in polarized Fermi superfluids
Phys. Rev. B 77, 014511 (2008)

2007 Noise and counting statistics of insulating phases in one-dimensional optical lattices
Phys. Rev. A 76, 011603(R) (2007)

2007 Polarized Fermi Condensates with Unequal Masses: Tuning the Tricritical Point
Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 160402 (2007)

2007 Quantum Quenches in a Spinor Condensate
Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 160404 (2007)

2007 Finite-temperature phase diagram of a polarized Fermi condensate
Nature Physics 3, 124–128 (2007)

2006 Particle correlations in a Fermi superfluid
Phys. Rev. A 73, 011602(R) (2006)

2005 Nonequilibrium theory of Coulomb blockade in open quantum dots
Phys. Rev. B 72, 075316 (2005)

2005 Weak Coulomb Blockade Effect in Quantum Dots
Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 136801 (2005)

2004 Localization from sigma-model geodesics
Phys. Rev. B 70, 075412 (2004)

2004 Critical states in disordered superconducting films
J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 37 (2004) L447–L452

2004 Shot noise of spin-polarized electrons
Phys. Rev. B 69, 081301(R) (2004)

2004 Phase-Sensitive Noise in Quantum Dots under Periodic Perturbation
Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 036804 (2003)

2001 Superconductors with magnetic impurities: Instantons and subgap states
Phys. Rev. B 64, 014514 (2001)

2000 Tail states in a superconductor with magnetic impurities
Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 4783 (2000)