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. It's breadth and utility encourages interdisciplinary interactions with many other groups on and off of the Maryland campus.


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

Research Group Website:

Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials

Related Centers and Institutes:

Maryland Nanocenter

Condensed Matter Theory Center

Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Joint Quantum Institute

Condensed Matter Experiment News

  • Editors' Suggestion by Ian Appelbaum and Pengke Li (李鹏科)

      The electronic structure of crystalline materials reflects the influence of underlying discrete symmetries of the atomic lattice. When these symmetries are broken, associated degeneracies in the spectrum of states often split, with important consequences for potential electronic and spintronic applications. The mathematical language of group theory can be used

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  • Proximity Effect Realized in Topological Kondo Insulator

    Superconductivity in the topologically protected surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator has been predicted to be a promising platform for exploring exotic quantum states such as Majorana fermion excitations. Although previous efforts have focused on the superconducting proximity effect in bilayer structures between a superconductor and a chalcogenide topological

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  • Tiny Diamonds Could Enable Huge Advances in Nanotechnology

    Nanomaterials have the potential to improve many next-generation technologies. They promise to speed up computer chips, increase the resolution of medical imaging devices and make electronics more energy efficient. But imbuing nanomaterials with the right properties can be time consuming and costly. A new, quick and inexpensive method for constructing

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