Position: Research Professor
Affiliations: Centro de Física de Materiales, Universidad del País Vasco
E-mail: ivo_souza at ehu dot es
Phone: (+34) 943 01 8775
Office: PBA-12, CFM Building
Mailing address: Centro de Física de Materiales
Universidad del País Vasco
Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 5
20018 San Sebastián, Spain
I am a condensed-matter physicist using theoretical and
computational tools to study the properties of materials from
first-principles ("ab initio"). My work often involves
the development of novel theoretical formulations and algorithms,
and their application to interesting materials. I have
introduced methods to study insulators in finite electric
fields, and to construct localized Wannier orbitals for metals. Currently I am studying the ground-state and
transport phenomena that arise from broken symmetries such as
time reversal (magnetic order) and spatial inversion. Examples
include the anomalous
Hall effect and orbital magnetization in ferromagnetic metals,
the valley Hall effect in transition-metal dichalcogenides, and magnetoelectric effects in topological insulators,
magnetic oxides, and gyrotropic metals. A recurring theme in my research is the use of
geometric phases and related concepts (Berry curvature, Chern
number, intrinsic orbital moment) to describe the electronic properties of solids.
A software package for
postprocessing a set of Bloch functions to obtain a
maximally-localized set of Wannier orbitals.
- No post-doctoral positions are currently open in my group. But do contact me if you would like to explore the possibility of writing a joint application, e.g., for a Marie Curie fellowship.
- I welcome applications for graduate studies (Master and PhD) under my supervision.