Professor J.C. Seamus Davis


  • Professor of Quantum Physics, University College Cork, IRL 
  • Professor of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
  • Senior Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford, UK 
  • Emeritus Professor of Physics, Cornell University, NY, USA.     Education/Experience/Appointments
  • Graduate Research Assistant, U. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 1990-1992
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, U. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 1993-1997
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, U. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 1998-2002 Faculty Physicist, L. Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA 1998-2000
  • Associate Professor of Physics, U. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 2000-2002
  • Professor of Physics, U. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 2003-2008 Professor of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 2007-2018
  • Senior Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA 2007-2018
  • SUPA Distinguished Prof. of Physics, St. Andrews University, Scotland.  2008-2018        
  • J.G. White Distinguished Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. 2009-2014 Director, DoE, Center for Emergent Superconductivity, BNL, NY, USA 2019-present        
  • J.G. White Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, USA. 2019-present Professor of Quantum Physics, University College Cork, Ireland.  2019-present Senior Fellow Wadham College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. 2019-present Professor of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.  

Research Interests

Davis Group research concentrates upon the fundamental physics of electronic, magnetic and atomic quantum matter. A specialty is development of innovative instrumentation to allow direct visualization (or perception) of characteristic quantum many-body phenomena at atomic scale. 


  • An intrinsic bond-centered electronic glass with disperse unidirectional domains in underdoped cuprates, Y. Kohsaka, C. Taylor, A. Schmidt, K. Fujita, C.  Lupien, T. Hanguri, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, H. Takagi and J. C. Davis, Science 315, 1380 (2007).
  • How Cooper pairs vanish approaching the Mott insulator in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 Y. Kohsaka, C. Taylor, P. Wahl, A. Schmidt, Jhinhwan Lee, K. Fujita, J. Alldredge, Jinho Lee, K. McElroy, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, D.-H. Lee, & J.C. Davis, Nature 454, 1072 (2008).
  • Evidence for a ‘Superglass’ State in Solid 4He, B. Hunt, E. Pratt, V. Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, A. V. Balatsky & J.C. Davis, Science 324, 632 (2009).
  • Spectroscopic Fingerprint of Phase Incoherent d-Wave Superconductivity in the Cuprate Pseudogap State, Jhinhwan Lee, K. Fujita, C.K. Kim, A. Schmidt, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, & J.C. Davis, Science 325, 1099 (2009).
  • Nematic Electronic Structure in the ‘Parent’ State of Iron-based Superconductor Ca(Fe1-xCox)2As2, T.-M. Chuang, M.P.  Allan, J.Lee, Ni Ni, S. Bud’ko, G. Boebinger, P.C. Canfield & J.C. Davis, Science 327, 181 (2010).
  • Imaging the Fano Lattice to Hidden Order transition in URu2Si2, A.R. Schmidt, M. H. Hamidian, P. Wahl, F. Meier, A. Balatsky, T. Williams, G.M. Luke and J.C. Seamus Davis, Nature 465, 570 (2010).
  • Intra-unit-cell Electronic Nematicity of the High-Tc Cuprate Pseudogap States, M. J. Lawler, K. Fujita, Jhinhwan Lee, A.R. Schmidt, Y. Kohsaka, Chung Koo Kim, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida,  J.C. Davis, J.P. Sethna, and Eun-Ah Kim, Nature  466, 374 (2010). 
  • Interplay of Rotational, Relaxational, and Shear Dynamics in Solid 4He, E.J. Pratt, B. Hunt, V. Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, M. J. Graf, A. V. Balatsky and J.C. Davis, Science 332 821, (2011). 
  • Topological Defects Coupling Smectic Modulation to Intra-Unit–Cell Nematicity in Cuprates A. Mesaros, K. Fujita, H. Eisaki, S.I. Uchida, J.C. Seamus Davis, Subir Sachdev, Jan Zaanen, M.J. Lawler and Eun-Ah Kim, Science 333, 426 (2011).
  • Anisotropic Energy-Gaps of Iron-based Superconductivity from Intra-band Quasiparticle Interference in LiFeAs M. P. Allan, A. W. Rost, A. P. Mackenzie, Yang Xie, J. C. Davis, K. Kihou, H. Eisaki, and T.-M. Chuang, Science 336, 563, (2012). 
  • Simultaneous Transitions in Cuprate Momentum-Space Topology and Electronic Symmetry Breaking.  K. Fujita, C.K. Kim, Inhee Lee, Jinho Lee, M. H. Hamidian, I. Firmo, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, M.J. Lawler, E.-A. Kim, and J.C. Davis. Science 344, 612 (2014).
  • Detection of a Cooper-Pair Density Wave in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x, M. Hamidian S. D. Edkins, Sang Hyun Joo, A. Kostin, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, M. J. Lawler, E. -A. Kim,  A. P. MacKenzie, K. Fujita, Jinho Lee, J. C. Séamus Davis, Nature 532, 343 (2016).
  • Discovery of Orbital-Selective Cooper Pairing in FeSe, P.O Sprau, A. Kostin, A. Kreisel, A. E. Böhmer, V. Taufour, P.C. Canfield, S. Mukherjee, P.J. Hirschfeld, B.M. Andersen, J. C. Séamus Davis, Science 357, 75 (2017). 
  • Magnetic-field Induced Pair Density Wave State in the Cuprate Vortex Halo. S.D. Edkins, A. Kostin, K. Fujita, A. P. Mackenzie, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, M. J. Lawler, E-A. Kim, S. A. Kivelson, J.C. Séamus Davis,  and M. H. Hamidian, to appear Science (2019).  
  • Using Machine Learning for Scientific Discovery in  Electronic Quantum Matter Visualization Experiments Yi Zhang, A. Mesaros, K. Fujita, S.D. Edkins, M.H. Hamidian, K. Ch'ng, J.C. Séamus Davis, E. Khatami and Eun-Ah Kim, to appear Nature  (2019).

Professional Activity

  • Chairman – Advisory Committee, Quantum Materials Program,         Canadian Inst. For Advanced Research. 2010-today.
  • Director, 2009-2014; Executive Committee, 2014-today:   DOE Energy Frontier Research Center for Emergent Superconductivity.
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Quantum Materials Institute, UBC. 2015-today
  • Member Editor, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA. 2011-today.
  • Chairman, Simon Memorial Prize Committee, 2013-today
  • Member, Scientific Discovery Prize Committee, Natl. Acad. of Sciences USA, 2015-today
  • Member, Davisson-Germer Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 2018–today.

Teaching Activity

  • 2002   Ehrenfest Lecturer, U. of Leiden, Netherlands.
  • 2008  Pagels Lecturer, Aspen Center for Physics, USA.
  • 2008  Loeb Lecturer in Physics, Harvard University, USA.
  • 2009  Einstein Lecturer, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
  • 2009  Umezawa Lecturer, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, CA.
  • 2010  Von Borries Lecturer, U. of Tubingen, Germany.
  • 2011  Centenary Solvay Conference Delegate, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2012  Pagels Lecturer for Aspen CfP 50th Anniversary, Aspen, CO, USA. 2012  E.K. Adams Lecturer, Columbia University, NY, USA.
  • 2013   CNAM Distinguished Lecturer, University of Maryland, MD, USA.
  • 2013  University Distinguished Lecturer, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, USA. 
  • 2014  Cabrera Lecturer, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2014  PITP Distinguished Lecturer, University of British Columbia, BC, CA.
  • 2015  G. W. Boole Memorial Lecturer, University College Cork, Cork, IE.
  • 2015  A. O. Beckman Distinguished Lecturer, University of Illinois, IL, USA.
  • 2015  Simons Foundation Lecturer, New York, NY, USA. 2016  TOPNES Public Lecturer, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.
  • 2018  Welch Memorial Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada


  • 1994  NSF National Young Investigator Award
  • 1994  Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering
  • 1996  Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 
  • 2000 Miller Research Professorship
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Berkeley Nat. Laboratory, CA 2004             
  • Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics 2005             
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society 2005      
  • Fritz London Memorial Prize  2009 
  • H. Kamerlingh-Onnes Memorial Prize  2010 
  • Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences 2013 
  • Science and Technology Award, Brookhaven Nat. Laboratory, NY. 2013 
  • National University of Ireland Honorary Doctorate (D.Sc.). 2014 
  • Moore Foundation EPiQS Experimental Investigator 2016  Science Foundation Ireland – Medal of Science.  



J.C. Seamus Davis

Contact Details:


Professor of Quantum Physics


1979-1983 UCC, National University of Ireland, B.Sc. Physics 1983-1989 University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Physics

Work Area:

Quantum Physics

Research Area:

Quantum Physics



School of Physics

Scoil na Fisice

Room 213 (Physics Office), 2nd floor, Kane Science Building, University College Cork, Ireland.,