Philip Phillips and Gabriele La Nave introduce fractional electromagnetism theory, could explain 'strange metals'

June 3, 2019

Illinois Physics Professor Philip Phillips and Math Professor Gabriele La Nave have theorized a new kind of electromagnetism far beyond anything conceivable in classical electromagnetism today, a conjecture that would upend our current understanding of the physical world, from the propagation of light to the quantization of charge. Their revolutionary new theory, which Phillips has dubbed “fractional electromagnetism,” would also solve an intriguing problem that has baffled physicists for decades, elucidating emergent behavior in the “strange metal” of the cuprate superconductors.


This research is published in an upcoming colloquium paper in Reviews of Modern Physics (arXiv:1904.01023v1).

The Phillips–La Nave theory builds on the well-known work of physicists Michael Faraday and Emmy Noether.