Siddhartha Lal

Associate Professor
Dept: Physical Sciences (DPS)
E-mail: slal [at]
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Research Interest:

I am a condensed-matter theorist interested in exploring how low-dimensionality, strong correlations and quantum fluctuations give rise to novel emergent states of matter in quantum condensed matter systems. Some recent examples include1. understanding the nature of edge state transport in an inhomogeneous quantum Hall state2. how competing charge-density wave (CDW) and superconducting orders can coexist in a stripe-based picture of a high-TC superconductor 3. the way in which frustrated interactions and critical quantum fluctuations push the dimensional crossover and insulator-to-metal transitions in organic charge-transfer systems 4. orbital-mediated frustration of spin order in orbitally active systems and the search for a quantum orbital-spin liquid 5. studying transport through Andreev bound states in graphene contacted with superconducting leads 6. simulating multichannel Kondo physics in ultra-cold bosonic systems 7. understanding the consequences of charge fractionalisation in a 1D strongly correlated electronic system.

Academic Background:

  1. Ph.D (Physics), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2003
  2. M.S. (Physics), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1998
  3. B.Sc. (Hons.) (Physics), Asutosh College (University of Calcutta), 1995


  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata (2010 - 2019)
  3. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and Inst. for Cond. Matt. Theory, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008 - 2010)
  4. Postdoctoral Fellow, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (2006 - 2008)
  5. Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne (2002 - 2006)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Ramanujan Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (2010)

Selected Publications:

  1. Pal, Santanu; Mukherjee, Anirban and Lal, Siddhartha. 2020."Topological approach to quantum liquid ground states on geometrically frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnets." Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 32, 165805
  2. Pal, Santanu and Lal, Siddhartha. 2019."Magnetization plateaus of the quantum pyrochlore Heisenberg antiferromagnet." Physical Review B, 100, 104421
  3. Pal, Santanu; Mukherjee, Anirban and Lal, Siddhartha. 2019."Correlated spin liquids in the quantum kagome antiferromagnet at finite field: a renormalization group analysis." New Journal of Physics, 21, 023019
  4. Pal, Santanu and Lal, Siddhartha. 2017."Orbital and spin ordering physics of the Mn3 O4 spinel." Physical Review B, 96, 075139
  5. DeGottardi, Wade; Lal, Siddhartha and Vishveshwara, Smitha. 2013."Charge Fractionalization in a Mesoscopic Ring." Physical Review Letters, 110, 026402

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