To have predicted an experiment is the joy of a theorist.* It doesn't happen a lot: usually we are explaining experiments, rather than predicting them. Here are references to theoretical predictions originating from our group (some jointly with other groups). Certain predictions have come out, others have not (or not yet?).
- Quantization of the optical transmission cross-section of a slit.
- Quantization of the critical current of a ballistic Josephson junction.
- There is no shot noise for classical scattering.
- Coulomb blockade of the Aharanov-Bohm effect.
- Sawtooth oscillations of the thermopower of a quantum dot.
- The shot-noise of a disordered metal is smaller than the Poisson value by a factor of 3.
- Andreev reflection doubles the shot-noise.
- Resistance minimum of a double-barrier junction with a superconducting contact.
- Contact resistance between a ferromagnet and a superconductor.
- Giant backscattering peak in Andreev reflection.
- Absence of an excitation gap in an integrable Josephson junction.
- Weak localization effect in a magnetic field.
- Insensitivity to time-reversal-symmetry breaking of conductance fluctuations with a superconducting contact.
- Reduction of degrees of freedom of the photocount distribution in a random laser.
- Universal limit for the excess noise of coherent radiation propagating through a random medium.
- Dynamic coherent backscattering effect.
- Vibration of a wire carrying an electrical current.
- Pascal distribution of voltage fluctuations.
- Temperature dependent third moment of tunneling noise.
- Creation of entangled electron-hole pairs at a tunnel barrier.
- Charge detection enables free electron quantum computation.
- Antibunched photons emitted by a quantum point contact out of equilibrium.
- Existence of shot noise in ballistic graphene.
- Specular Andreev reflection in graphene.
- Valley filter in graphene.
- Strain dependent conductance plateaus in a graphene p-n junction.
- Splitting of a Cooper pair by a pair of Majorana bound states.
- Extinction of coherent backscattering by a disordered photonic crystal with a Dirac spectrum.
- Quantized shot noise power at the Majorana phase transition.
- Half-integer conductance quantization of a ballistic point contact to a topological superconductor.
- Majorana zero-modes in a chain of magnetic nanoparticles on a superconductor.
- Fermion-parity anomaly of the critical supercurrent in the quantum spin-Hall effect.
- Non-local Josephson effect.
- Topologically protected charge transfer along the edge of a chiral p-wave superconductor.
- Chiral magnetic effect without Landau levels in a Weyl semimetal.
- Chiral magnetic effect in equilibrium.
- Chirality blockade of Andreev reflection.
- Landau levels in the vortex lattice of a Weyl superconductor.
* The role of theory is also intimately connected with predictions. While I know biologists who would say "who cares about a prediction in the absence of experiment?", physicists are brought up to celebrate them - they are the stuff of legend, from Dirac's prediction of antiparticles and Einstein's prediction of the bending of starlight, to the work by many that predicted the Higgs particle. We view predictions as motivations for experiment and as a means to move the discipline forward. Of course, sometimes they turn out to be wrong, but that is often how science works.
Raymond Goldstein, Are theoretical results 'Results'?