About me

I am a theoretical physicist working in condensed matter theory and statistical mechanics. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the groups of Norman Yao at Harvard University and and Chris Laumann at Boston University.

My PhD was shared between the University of Cambridge in the Theory of Condensed Matter Group and at the MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, supervised by Professor Claudio Castelnovo and Professor Roderich Moessner. I completed it in May 2023.

I was a member of the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials between 2019 and 2023. 

If you want to know more you can check out my CV or reach me by email at jonathan_nilssonhallen@g.harvard.edu. 


I am generally interested in complex phenomena in many-body physics, in particular those that can be described through the behaviour of emergent topological excitations. 

Much of my past research focused on frustrated systems, in particular classical spin liquids. One major topic I have worked on in the past few years is the puzzling dynamical properties of the spin ice material Dy2Ti2O7. 

For more details, see my publications or my google scholar.


Our new paper titled "Dichotomous Dynamics of Magnetic Monopole Fluids" was published in PNAS. 

We have a new preprint on arXiv, exploring driven monopole motion in spin ice and finding further evidence for the existence of emergent dynamical fractals in Dysprosium Titanate. 

Our paper on nematic spin ice was published in PRB.

New preprint on nematic spin ice available on arXiv. 

In May 2023 I successfully defended my PhD thesis on the dynamics of frustrated magnetic systems. 

An article has appeared in Physics World about our work on anomalous fractals and anomalous noise in spin ice.

Our discovery of dynamical fractals in spin ice has appeared on some popular science websites, for example here in English and here in German.

Felix Flicker has written a very nice perspective article to accompany the publication of our paper on dynamical fractals in Science.

I was awarded the 2023 Cavendish Prize for Graduate Student Theoretical Research

The seminar I gave at Northeastern University in October 2022 is available on youtube

I was interviewed on doldispodden about my research and life at the University of Cambridge (in Swedish).