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.
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.
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
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.