Matthew J. Rave

Matt RaveDepartment of Chemistry and Physics
Associate Professor, Physics

Phone: 828-227-2606
Office Address: 320 Natural Sciences Building


  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University
  • M.S.,   Wake Forest University
  • B.A.,   Wake Forest University


Areas of Interest:

Solid state theory, low dimensional quantum systems, Berry’s phase, and phase transitions.

Selected Publications:

  • W. B. Hodge, E. D. Welchman, and M. J. Rave, “Non-trivial Berry phase for an asymmetric one-dimensional potential in the free-electron limit”, Eur. Phys. J. B. 84, 351 (2011).
  • M. J. Rave, “Quantum interference and many worlds: a new family of classical analogies”, Found. Phys. 41, 1318-1330 (2011).
  • M. J. Rave, “Completing the circuit: the feedback loop between metaphor and instruction”, MountainRise 6, 2 (2010).
  • M. J. Rave and W. C. Kerr, “Application of Berry’s phase to the effective mass of Bloch electrons,” Eur. J. Phys. 31 15-21 (2010).
  • M. J. Rave, “Quantum interference interpreted through application of a Berry's phase-like quantity," Found. Phys. 38, 1073-1081 (2008).
  • M. J. Rave and W. C. Kerr, "Berry's phase for an electron in a periodic potential without inversion symmetry,” Eur. Phys. J. B. 45, 473 (2005).
  • W. C. Kerr, M. J. Rave, and L. A. Turski, "Phase-Space Dynamics of Semiclassical Spin-1/2 Bloch Electrons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 176403 (2005).
  • W. C. Kerr and M. J. Rave, "Mean-field theory of entropy-driven structural phase transitions," Phys. Rev. B. 48, 16234 - 16245 (1993).



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