Condensed Matter & Material Physics: Theory

The Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science has several active labs in which scientists are seeking to better understand the nature of matter and materials by studying their properties and interactions.

Condensed matter physics is the branch dealing with the physical properties of matter in its condensed phase, while material physics considers the both the subatomic and macroscopic properties of matter. An understanding of both physics and chemistry can be helpful in this reseach area.

Research labs

Stanimir Bonev

Dr. Stanimir Bonev's research group is interested in a number of topics, including the discovery and synthesis of novel materials accessible at high pressure, metallization of hydrogen, and computations of phase diagrams from first principles. Additional areas of interest are the development of analytical quantum many-body methods to study low-density electron crystals and computational studies of materials and properties relevant for photovoltaic devices. The main objective of Dr. Bonev's research is to explain and predict new electronic, structural, and dynamic properties of condensed matter systems.

Jürgen Kreuzer (Professor Emeritus)

Dr. Jürgen Kreuzer's research has involved four main areas: theoretical investigations of surfaces processes, polymer physics, field-induced chemistry at surfaces, and digital in-line holography.

Jordan Kyriakidis

Dr. Jordan Kyriakidis is head of the Quantum Theory Research Group, which investigates how best to mitigate quantum decoherence and dissipation in semiconductor and optical systems. The group also seeks to discover how to best control the real-time dynamical evolution of these quantum systems. Applications are primarily in the field of quantum information.

Jesse Maassen

Our group’s research currently focuses on exploring electron and phonon transport, along with their coupled interaction, in novel materials and devices using first-principles quantum transport theory. In particular, we investigate aspects of emerging nanoelectronics, thermoelectric conversion as well as fundamental issues in nonequilibrium electro-thermal transport at the nanoscale

Andrew Rutenberg

Dr. Andrew Rutenberg's research group investigates the biological structures of bacteria, which are self-assembled and dynamic. This are of research is a rich field at the overlap of molecular biology and condensed-matter physics.

Dr. Rutenberg's broader interest is in non-equilibrium structure formation; more specifically, he finds bacteria interesting as they have a mature nanotechnology. Dr. Rutenberg's group explores how bacteria's subcellular mechanisms function despite the large noise inherent in their small size. The group models spatial and temporal patterns within bacteria, using the techniques of statistical, computational, and theoretical physics.