Peter Orth

Peter P Orth

  • Assistant Professor
  • Condensed Matter
2016 - present: Assistant Professor at Iowa State University
2015 - 2016: NSF MRSEC Postdoc at University of Minnesota with Prof. Rafael Fernandes
2012 - 2015: Head of independent Young Investigator Group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
2011 - 2015: Postdoc at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Prof. Joerg Schmalian
2011: Ph.D. at Yale University, advisor Prof. Karyn Le Hur. Title "Dissipative dynamics and novel quantum phases in strongly correlated cold-atom mixtures"
2007: Diploma in Physics and Otto-Haxel Prize for Best Diploma at Heidelberg University, Germany. Title "Negative Refraction in dense atomic gases"

Contact Info

A521 Zaffarano Hall
2323 Osborn Dr


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2011
  • Diploma in Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2007

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Summary of Research Interests

  • strongly correlated quantum materials
  • non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems
  • competing interactions in magnetic and superconducting systems
  • topological semi-metals



A complete list of my publications can be found on arXivPublons and ADS.

Full Access to my publications while at Iowa State University.

Selected Recent Publications and Preprints:

  • Rafael M. Fernandes, Peter P. Orth, Jörg Schmalian
    Intertwined vestigial order in quantum materials: nematicity and beyond
    Annu. Rev. Cond. Mat. Phys. 10, 133 (2019).

  • Morten H. Christensen, Peter P. Orth, Brian M. Andersen, Rafael M. Fernandes
    Emergent magnetic degeneracy in iron pnictides due to the interplay between spin-orbit coupling and quantum fluctuations
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 057001 (2018). 

  • Xu Yang, Chirag Vaswani, Chris Sundahl, Martin Mootz, Pia Gagel, L. Luo, Jong Hoon Kang, Peter P. Orth, Ilias E. Perakis, Chang Beom Eom & Jigang Wang
    Terahertz-light quantum tuning of a metastable emergent phase hidden by superconductivity
    Nature Materials 17, 586 (2018).

  • Karyn Le Hur, Loïc Henriet, Loïc Herviou, Kirill Plekhanov, Alexandru Petrescu, Tal Goren, Marco Schiro, Christophe Mora, Peter P. Orth
    Driven dissipative dynamics and topology of quantum impurity systems 
    Comptes Rendus Physique 19, 451 (2018).

  • Peter P. Orth, Rafael M. Fernandes, Jeff Walter, C. Leighton, B. I. Shklovskii
    Percolation via combined electrostatic and chemical doping in complex oxide films
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 106801 (2017).

  • Bhilahari Jeevanesan, Premala Chandra, Piers Coleman, Peter P. Orth,
    Emergent Power-Law Phase in the 2D Heisenberg Windmill Antiferromagnet: A Computational Experiment,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 177201 (2015).

  • Patrik Hlobil, Peter P. Orth
    Luminescence and squeezing of a superconducting light-emitting diode
    Phys. Rev. B 91, 205303 (2015).

  • Pia Gagel, Peter P. Orth, Jörg Schmalian
    Universal post-quench prethermalization at a quantum critical point
    Phys. Rev. B 92, 115121 (2015) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 220401 (2014).