University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Condensed Matter

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C.C. Huang

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.

Magnetization graph
a) Flower open magnetization and b vortex closed magnetization cross sections showing the direction of the magnetic moments. b) shows complete magnetic flux closure and explains why the vortex state is nearly invisible to the MFM.

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 BurnellExotic phases of matter-- phases not described by the conventional Landau classification based on broken symmetries.
Charles E. CampbellThe many-body theory and statistical mechanics of quantum spin systems and of strongly correlated quantum fluids.
Andrey Chubukov
Paul CrowellSpin dynamics and transport in ferromagnets and ferromagnet-semiconductor heterostructures.
E. Dan Dahlberg
Rafael FernandesStrongly correlated electron systems. Unconventional superconductivity. Competing phases and emergent order. Disorder effects in quantum phase transitions.
Eric GanzCalculations of the properties of novel Materials
Allen GoldmanProperties of superconductors and selected magnetic materials in the configuration of thin films.
Martin GrevenExperimental condensed matter physics. High-temperature superconductivity. Low-dimensional magnetism. Crystal growth of quantum materials. Neutron and X-ray scattering. Charge transport.
J. Woods HalleyCondensed matter and chemical physics theory, simulation and experiment with an emphasis on interfaces and models of prebiotic evolution.
Cheng-Cher Huang
James KakaliosExperimental Condensed Matter: Amorphous Semiconductors, Fluctuation Phenomena in Neurological Systems, Segregation in Granular Media
Alex KamenevTheoretical condensed matter physics, disordered systems and glasses, field-theoretical treatment of many-body systems, mesoscopic systems, out of equilibrium systems
Natalia PerkinsStrongly correlated electron systems. Frustrated magnetism. Orbital physics. Competing phases and emergent order in systems with strong spin-orbit coupling.
Vlad PribiagMy research focuses on quantum electronic transport in low-dimensional semiconductor systems.
Boris ShklovskiiTheory of transport and electron-electron correlations in disordered systems, quantum Hall effect, hopping conduction, metal-nonmetal transition and transport in nano-crystal films.
Oriol T. VallsSuperconducting and Magnetic Proximity Effects in F/S nanostructures; Exotic forms of superconductivity; Charge and Spin Transport in F/S nanostructures; Superfluid Hydrodynamics; Dynamics of quantum Crystals.
Jorge VinalsPattern formation outside of thermodynamic equilibrium. Nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation, and chaos. Defect motion in soft matter and in complex fluids such as block copolymers and nematic suspensions.
Michael ZudovNon-equlibrium transport in quantum Hall systems

Condensed Matter Physics Researchers

Terence Bretz-SullivanExperimental condensed matter physics, superconducting nanowires, collective modes in superconductors, and ionic liquid gating of oxide nanostructures
Ben Frederick IntoyNon-equlibrium physics, Complex systems, evolutionary game theory.
Jian Kangstrongly correlated electron system, including high Tc superconductivity, magnetism, and etc.
Avraham Klein
Konstantin ReichTransport and optical properties of arrays of nanocrystals, SrTiO3, electronic and phononic physics of low dimensional structures
Ioannis Rousochatzakis
Michael SchuettNon-equilibrium properties and transport in critical, interacting and disordered many-body systems. Novel properties exhibited in materials when exposed to a rapidly changing environment.
Guichuan YuX-ray and neutron scattering studies of the high-Tc superconductors. Crystal growth and characterization. Torque magnetometry.

Condensed Matter Physics Graduate Students

Danqing Deng
Quentin Ebner
Andrew Galkiewicz
Olesya Koroteeva
Yangmu Li
Changjiang LiuCreation and manipulation of electron spins in ferromagnet-semiconductor systems
Peter MartinMolecular biophysics of membrane proteins and lipid membranes
Ilana Percher
Zvie Razieli
Yang Tang
Xiaoyu Wangmacroscopic quantum phenomena, phase transitions, high Tc superconductivity
Boyi YangIonic Liquid Doping of High Tc Cuprates