Maxim A. Metlitski
Research Interests
Professor Max Metlitski is a condensed matter theorist working in the field of correlated quantum matter. During the past few years, he has been particularly interested in understanding socalled topological phases, such as quantum Hall states and topological insulators. These states of matter exhibit novel excitations with nontrivial quantum numbers and braiding statistics and/or nontrivial protected edge modes.
Surprisingly, this investigation has also shed light on several seemingly unrelated but longstanding problems, such as the exotic metallic state observed in the quantum Hall fluid at filling factor 1/2, as well as certain phase transitions in quantum magnets. Moreover, insights from these physical systems have led Metlitski to conjecture several unexpected dualities between certain gauge theories.
Other topics that interest Metlitski include quantum criticality in general, and nonFermiliquid behavior in metals in particular, as well as the structure of entanglement in manybody systems.
Biographical Sketch
Max Metlitski received a BSc in physics and mathematics (2003) and an MSc in physics (2005) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. After obtaining his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 2011, he held a postdoctoral position at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, until 2015. Metlitski joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor in January 2017, following a faculty appointment at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded to Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration for black hole observation
Assistant professor of physics Max Metlitski shares New Horizons prize with Xie Chen PhD ’12 and Michael Levin PhD ’06.
Awards & Honors
 2020 // New Horizons Prize for EarlyCareer Achievement in Physics by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation for “incisive contributions to the understanding of topological states of matter and the relationships between them.”
Key Publications

M. A. Metlitski, “A 1d lattice model for the boundary of the quantum spinHall insulator,” arXiv:1908.08958.

R. A. Jones and M. A. Metlitski, “1d lattice models for the boundary of 2d ‘Majorana’ fermion SPTs: KramersWannier duality as an exact Z2 symmetry,” arXiv:1902.05957.

L. Fidkowski, A. Vishwanath and M. A. Metlitski, “Surface Topological Order and a new ‘t Hooft Anomaly of Interaction Enabled 3+1D Fermion SPTs,” arXiv:1804.08628.