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Steven R. White (born December 26, 1959 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego; he then received his Ph.D. at Cornell University, where he was a shared student with Kenneth Wilson and John Wilkins. He is most known for inventing the Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG) in 1992. This is a numerical variational technique for high accuracy calculations of the low energy physics of quantum many-body systems. His over one hundred seventy papers on this and related subjects have been used and cited widely—his most cited article has received about four thousand citations.



Most cited publicationsEdit

  • S.R., White, "Density Matrix Formulation for Quantum Renormalization Groups," Physical Review Letters 69, 2863 (1992). Cited 2416 times, according to Web of Science, October, 2014; over 4000 citations, according to Google Scholar, April, 2016.
  • S.R., White, "Density Matrix Algorithms for Quantum Renormalization Groups," Physical Review B 48, 10345-10356 (1993). Cited 1598 times.
  • N.E. Bickers, D.J. Scalapino, and S.R. White, "Conserving Approximations for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: Bethe-Salpeter Equation and Dynamics for the Two-Dimensional Hubbard Mobel," Physical Review Letters, 62, 961 (1989). Cited 657 times.


  1. ^ 2003 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics Recipient: Steven R. White, American Physical Society, retrieved 2016-04-20
  2. ^ "Four from UCI elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences", UCI News, University of California, Irvine, April 20, 2016

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