Prof. Laughlin is a theoretical physicist with broad research interests spanning physical science and engineering. He has made contributions to the theory of high-density plasmas, semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetism and quantum criticality. He is best known for his theoretical work on the fractional quantum hall effect and for his invention of anyon superconductivity. He has also done classified defense work and continues to serve as a scientific consultant at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His current research focuses on high-density nonvolatile computer memory and energy storage.
Copies of Prof. Laughlin's recent scientific papers may be found in the publication archive.