C.C. Huang conducts optical investigations of free-standing liquid-crystal films, in particular, the films possessing a net electrical dipole moment to acquire the molecular orientational arrangements within the films.
Physics of Matter
Condensed matter physics, and the closely associated discipline of
materials physics, are the largest subfields in physics. Condensed matter research at Minnesota spans a range that includes the strange properties of electricity at nanoscales, to activities that may truly be
considered "high science," understanding phenomena such as "superfluids," 3He and 4He.
Condensed matter and materials physics have been the
sources of numerous technologies important to daily life. These include
compound semiconductor electronics, magnetic and optical
storage systems, liquid crystal displays, and semiconductor lasers.
Among the many efforts at Minnesota aimed at future technology are the experiments in spintronics, which are attempting to solve problems associated with the coupling of a semiconductor and a ferromagnet. Several of the condensed matter faculty members participate in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, a collaborative effort by the University that crosses departmental boundaries.
The condensed matter group at Minnesota investigates a wide range of experimental and theoretical problems in superconductivity and superfluidity, magnetism, mesoscopic physics, liquid crystals, semiconductors, surface physics and complexity.
Condensed Matter Physics Faculty
|Fiona Burnell||Exotic phases of matter-- phases not described by the conventional Landau classification based on broken symmetries. |
|Charles E. Campbell||The many-body theory and statistical mechanics of quantum spin systems and of strongly correlated quantum fluids.
|Paul Crowell||Spin dynamics and transport in ferromagnets and ferromagnet-semiconductor heterostructures.|
|E. Dan Dahlberg|
|Rafael Fernandes||Strongly correlated electron systems. Unconventional superconductivity. Competing phases and emergent order. Disorder effects in quantum phase transitions.|
|Eric Ganz||Calculations of Hydrogen Storage Capacity of Metal-Organic and Covalent-Organic Frameworks by Spillover|
|Allen Goldman||Properties of superconductors and selected magnetic materials in the configuration of thin films.|
|Martin Greven||Experimental condensed matter physics. High-temperature
superconductivity. Low-dimensional magnetism. Crystal growth of quantum
materials. Neutron and X-ray scattering. Transport and magnetization
|J. Woods Halley||Condensed matter and chemical physics theory, simulation
and experiment with an emphasis on interfaces and models of prebiotic evolution.|
|James Kakalios||Experimental Condensed Matter:
Amorphous Semiconductors, Fluctuation Phenomena in Neurological Systems, Segregation in Granular Media|
|Alex Kamenev||Theoretical condensed matter physics, disordered systems and glasses, field-theoretical treatment of many-body systems, mesoscopic systems, out of equilibrium systems
|Boris Shklovskii||Theory of transport and electron-electron correlations in disordered systems, quantum Hall effect, hopping conduction and metal-nonmetal transition.|
|Oriol T. Valls||Superconducting and Magnetic Proximity Effects is nanostructures; Exotic forms of superconductivity; Superconducting vortices; Superfluid Hydrodynamics; Supersolids.|
|Jorge Vinals||Pattern formation outside of equilibrium. Nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation, and chaos. Defect motion in soft matter. Biological physics: stochasticity in regulatory networks and fluctuations of charged surfaces. |
|Michael Zudov||Non-equlibrium transport in quantum Hall systems|
Condensed Matter Physics Research Staff
|Mun Chan||Crystal growth and neutron scattering studies of high-Tc superconductors.|
|Brian Skinner||theory of strongly-correlated charged systems, with a focus on energy technologies; nanocrystal-based photovoltaics; supercapacitors; theoretical approaches to basketball analysis|
Condensed Matter Physics Graduate Students
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center