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Dr Vijay Narayan

Dr Vijay Narayan

Herchel Smith Research Fellow

Fellow of Wolfson College

Room 336 Mott Building
Semiconductor Physics Group
Cavendish Laboratory
J J Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0HE

Office Phone: 01223 337469


I am a Herchel Smith Research Fellow working in the Semiconductor Physics group, Cavendish Laboratory. I am interested in many-body effects in low-density 2DEGs and study a variety of properties including thermopower, thermal conductivity and magnetic susceptibility of 2DEGS to understand the phase behaviour of strongly-interacting electrons. I am also a Fellow at Wolfson College. Prior to my Herchel Smith Fellowship, I was a UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) Fellow working on a collaborative project between the Low-Temperature Nano-Electronics Group, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science and the Semiconductor Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory.

I received my PhD in 2009 from the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science where I studied the non-equilibrium phase behaviour of agitated granular rods in a quasi-2D geometry. I analysed the collective behaviour of the rods in light of theories of flocking and revealed that the number-density fluctuations of the rods were consistent with those predicted to occur in active nematics.

Research Interests

  • Low-temperature thermoelectric measurements
  • Thermal and thermoelectric transport in 2D electron gases
  • Mesoscopic systems
  • Topological insulators & spin-orbit coupled superconductors: electrical and thermal transport properties


  • Lecturer: Physics at the Nanoscale (NanoMPhil, Department of Materials Science , University of Cambridge)
  • Departmental supervisor: Part II Thermal & Statistical Physics and Part II Quantum Condensed Matter Physics

Key Publications

Other Publications

  • "Reappearance of ohmic hole transport in an ambipolar undoped GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well", D. Taneja, I. Shlimak, V. Narayan, M. Kaveh, I. Farrer and D. A. Ritchie (Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, accepted 2017).