Dr. Clougherty's research is concerned with several topics in theoretical condensed matter physics, including high Tc superconductivity, magnetism, quantum sticking, density functional theory, the properties of fullerenes and nanotubes and Berry-phase effects in condensed matter systems.

Dr. Clougherty received his S.B. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, his S.M. degree in Electrical Engineering, and his Ph.D. degree in Physics from M.I.T. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He has had visiting appointments at M.I.T., University of California-San Diego, Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, California.


Di Xiao, Junren Shi, D.P. Clougherty, and Qian Niu, Polarization and Adiabatic Pumping in Inhomogeneous Crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 087602 (2009).
T.E. Jones, M.E. Eberhart and D.P. Clougherty, Topology of the Spin-polarized Charge Density in bcc and fcc Iron, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 017208 (2008).
D.P. Clougherty, Jahn-Teller Solitons, Structural Phase Transitions and Phase Separation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 045703 (2006).
M.E. Eberhart and D.P. Clougherty, Looking for Design in Materials Design, Nature Materials 3, 659 (2004).
D.P. Clougherty, Anomalous Threshold Laws in Quantum Sticking, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 226105 (2003).
D.P. Clougherty, Endohedral Impurities in Carbon Nanotubes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 035507 (2003).
D.P. Clougherty, Ferroelectricity in (K@C60)n, in Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics, R. Cohen (Academic Press, NY, 2000).
D.P. Clougherty and F.G. Anderson, Theory of Spontaneous Polarization of Endohedral Fullerenes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 3735 (1998).
D.P. Clougherty and X. Zhu, Stability and Teller's Theorem: Fullerenes in the March Model, Phys. Rev. A 56, 632 (1997).
D.P. Clougherty, On the Stability of Rare Gas Endohedral Fullerenes, Can. J. Chem. 74, 965 (1996).
D.P. Clougherty and J.P. Gorman, On the Low Frequency Vibrations of C60, Chem. Phys. Lett., 251, 353 (1996).
D.P. Clougherty and W. Kohn, Quantum Theory of Sticking, Phys. Rev. B 46, 4921 (1992).

Dennis P. Clougherty

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Theoretical condensed matter physics


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989


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