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


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

  • Enhancing Simulations of Curved Space with Qubits

    One of the mind-bending ideas that physicists and mathematicians have come up with is that space itself—not just objects in space—can be curved. When space curves (as happens dramatically near a black hole), sizes and directions defy normal intuition. Something as straightforward as defining a straight line requires careful consideration.

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  • Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform

    Scientists on the hunt for an unconventional kind of superconductor have produced the most compelling evidence to date that they’ve found one. In a pair of papers, researchers at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Quantum Materials Center (QMC) and colleagues have shown that uranium ditelluride (or UTe2 for short) displays

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  • Kollár Receives CAREER Award

    Assistant Professor Alicia Kollár has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a proposal aimed at developing a new window into the physics of particles interacting inside of materials and performing educational outreach. The award will provide $675,000 of funding over five

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