Of all the Physics sub-fields, condensed matter has probably had the greatest impact on our daily lives. It has spawned high technology developments from semiconductor electronics (used in modern computers, phones and other electronic products) to modern plastic and other exotic composite materials. Condensed matter is the area of physics most closely related to high technology and industrial applications. Its breadth and utility encourage interdisciplinary interactions with many other groups on and off the UMD campus.

See: Quantum Materials Center

Personnel

Research Areas

  • Ferroelectrics
  • Magnetic Oxides
  • Mesoscopic Physics
  • Microwave Properties of Materials
  • Nanoscale Electronics
  • Nano-optics
  • Nanostructures
  • Quantum Computation
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Semiconductor Device Physics
  • Spin Quantum Computation in Solids
  • Statistical Mechanics at Surfaces
  • Strongly Interacting Electron Systems
  • Superconductivity
  • Synthesis of Novel Materials
  • Thin Film Science
  • Topological Phases of Matter
  • 2D Magnetic Materials and Phenomena

Related Centers and Institutes:

Maryland Nanocenter

Condensed Matter Theory Center

Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Joint Quantum Institute

Condensed Matter Experiment News

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    Distinguished University Professor Ellen D. Williams has been named director of the university’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2020. Established in 1999 through a cooperative agreement with the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, ESSIC supports research, teaching and career

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  • Quantum Gases Won’t Take the Heat

    The quantum world blatantly defies intuitions that we’ve developed while living among relatively large things, like cars, pennies and dust motes. In the quantum world, tiny particles can maintain a special connection over any distance, pass through barriers and simultaneously travel down multiple paths. A less widely known quantum behavior

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  • Peeking into a World of Spin-3/2 Materials

    Researchers have been pushing the frontiers of the quantum world for over a century. And time after time, spin has been a rich source of new physics. Spin, like mass and electrical charge, is an intrinsic property of quantum particles. It is central to understanding how quantum objects will respond

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