Peter Scherpelz

Postdoctoral Research Scholar


  • Ph.D. in Physics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (2014)
  • M.S. in Physics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (2009)
  • B.S. in Physics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, USA (2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)

Areas of Interest

  • Quantum information: devices, applications, and theory, especially for semiconductor defect systems and ultracold atomic gas systems
  • Strongly-interacting superconductors and superfluids, including transport, high magnetic field effects, and vortex dynamics
  • Application and development of high-performance computing tools to condensed matter and atomic physics


  • 2014 - Present, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago
  • 2013 - 2014, Research Assistant, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago
  • 2008 - 2013, Hertz Fellow (R.L. Moore Fellowship), Department of Physics and James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago
  • 2007 - 2008, Research Assistant, Physics, Harvey Mudd College
  • 2006, Computer Science REU, Harvey Mudd College


  • P. Scherpelz, M. Govoni, I. Hamada, and G. Galli
    Implementation and Validation of Fully-Relativistic GW Calculations: Spin-Orbit Coupling in Molecules, Nanocrystals and Solids
    J. Chem. Theory Comput. 12 (8), 3523-3544 (2016)
  • P. Scherpelz, K. Padavić, A. Murray, A. Glatz, I. Aranson, and K. Levin
    Generic equilibration dynamics of planar defects in trapped atomic superfluids
    Phys. Rev. A 91, 033621 (2015)
  • Rufus Boyack, Chien-Te Wu, Peter Scherpelz, and K. Levin
    Exact correlation functions in the cuprate pseudogap phase: Combined effects of charge order and pairing
    Phys. Rev. B 90 220513(R) (2014)
  • P. Scherpelz, K. Padavić, A. Murray, A. Glatz, I. Aranson, K. Levin
    Universal Behavior of Perturbation-Induced Defects in Trapped Superfluids
    Preprint, arXiv:1410.0067 [cond-mat.quant-gas] (2014)
  • P. Scherpelz, K. Padavić, A. Rançon, A. Glatz, I. Aranson, K. Levin
    Phase Imprinting in Equilibrating Fermi Gases: The Transience of Vortex Rings and Other Defects
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 113 125301 (2014)
  • P. Scherpelz, A. Rançon, Y. He, K. Levin
    Unified treatment of Fermi pockets and arcs scenarios for the cuprates: Sum-rule-consistent response functions of the pseudogap
    Phys. Rev. B 90 060506(R) (2014)
  • P. Scherpelz, Y. He, K. Levin
    Quantum oscillations in non-Fermi liquids: Implications for high-temperature superconductors
    Phys. Rev. B, 88 220507(R) (2013)
  • Y. He, P. Scherpelz, K. Levin
    Theory of fluctuating charge ordering in the pseudogap phase of cuprates via a preformed pair approach
    Phys. Rev. B 88 064516 (2013)
  • P. Scherpelz, D. Wulin, K. Levin, A.K. Rajagopal
    Pseudogap effects of Fermi gases in the presence of a magnetic field
    Phys. Rev. A 87 063602 (2013)
  • P. Scherpelz, D. Wulin, B. Šopík, K. Levin, A.K. Rajagopal
    General pairing theory for condensed and noncondensed Cooper pairs of a superconductor in a high magnetic field
    Phys. Rev. B 87 204516 (2013)
  • P. Scherpelz, R. Resch, D. Berryrieser, T.W. Lynn
    Entanglement-secured single-qubit quantum secret sharing.
    Phys. Rev. A 84 032303 (2011)
  • K. Corcoran, S. Flaxman, M. Neyer, P. Scherpelz, C. Weidert, R. Libeskind-Hadas
    Approximation Algorithms for Traffic Grooming in WDM Rings
    ICC'09 pp.1-6 (2009)