Department of Physics, James Franck Institute, and the College
Peter B. Littlewood is both a professor in the Department of Physics and associate laboratory director for physical sciences and engineering at Argonne National Laboratory. His current research focuses on superconductivity (collective modes, high-temperature superconductivity), materials (microscopic theory of ferroelectric phase transition in IV-VI compounds), nonlinear dynamics (sliding charge density waves), semiconductor optics (collective phenomena of excitons and polaritons), magnetic materials (collosal magnetoresistance and multiphase coexistence in manganites and other transition metal oxides), and applied science (holographic storage, optical fiber capacity).
He is an associate fellow of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, and a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of London, and the Institute of Physics. In 2003–04, he was a Matthias Scholar for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He earned his PhD and BA in natural sciences (physics) from the University of Cambridge.
Littlewood joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.