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Experimental condensed matter physics seeks an understanding of the macroscopic behavior of condensed matter, such as a collection of electrons, atoms or molecules, from their microscopic interactions and symmetries through experiments. The most relevant physical laws applied to condensed matter are quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics. Faculty research in this field focuses on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of solids with strong electron correlation effects and/or spin-orbit interaction, phase transitions in disordered media, and quantum liquids and solids. Our faculty members develop and employ state of the art techniques to both fundamental and applied problems in these arenas. They collaborate with colleagues in the Condensed Matter Theory group and other physical science departments as well as colleagues from around the world. Discoveries in condensed matter often lead to technological breakthroughs having tremendous commercial potential, for example, quantum computers, information storage devices, ultrasensitive sensors used in Internet of Things (IoTs), modern transportation systems as in magnetic/superconducting levitation trains or electric vehicles.  

 

Faculty

Research Group

Jia Li Nanoelectronics Lab

Sean Ling

Ling Lab

Humphrey Maris

Electron Bubble Laboratory Group

Vesna Mitrovic

Condensed Matter NMR

Kemp Plump

Momentum Resolved Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials

Jim Valles

Superconductivity and Magnetic Levitation

Gang Xiao

Nanoscale Physics and Devices