University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Condensed Matter

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Alex Kamenev

Alex Kamenev does theoretical condensed matter physics of disordered systems and glasses, field-theoretical treatment of many-body systems, mesoscopic systems and out of equilibrium systems.

Phase portrait
Phase portrait of a phase transition in reaction-diffusion models.

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.
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 Metal-Organic and Covalent-Organic Frameworks.
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. Transport and magnetization measurements.
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
Boris ShklovskiiTheory of transport and electron-electron correlations in disordered systems, quantum Hall effect, hopping conduction and metal-nonmetal transition.
Oriol T. VallsSuperconducting and Magnetic Proximity Effects is nanostructures; Exotic forms of superconductivity; Superconducting vortices; Superfluid Hydrodynamics; Supersolids.
Jorge VinalsPattern 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 ZudovNon-equlibrium transport in quantum Hall systems

Condensed Matter Physics Research Staff

Mun ChanCrystal growth and neutron scattering studies of high-Tc superconductors.
Konstantin Reich
Tigran Sedrakyan
Brian Skinnertheory 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

Terence Bretz-SullivanExperimental condensed matter physics, electrostatic doping studies of low carrier density nanowires
Kevin ChristieSpin transport in Fe/GaAs heterostructures
Barry Costanzi
Danqing Deng
Quentin Ebner
Daniel Endean
Andrew Galkiewicz
Chad GeppertSpin transport in Fe/GaAs heterostructures; Mass metrology
Tobias Gulden
Joseph Kinney
Olesya Koroteeva
Yangmu Li
Changjiang Liu
Abdul Naseer Malmi Kakkada
Peter MartinLow temperature solid state physics.
JJ Nelson
Ilana Percher
Zvie Razieli
Michael SchecterTheoretical condensed matter physics, superfluidity and quantum transport in reduced dimensions, dynamics and non-equilibrium phenomena in ultracold atomic systems.
Gaurav ShuklaThermoelastic properties of lower mantle Minerals
Yang Tang
Xiaoyu Wangmacroscopic quantum phenomena, phase transitions, high Tc superconductivity
Chien-Te Wu
Boyi YangIonic Liquid Doping of High Tc Cuprates
Bern Youngblood

Related Links

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Greven Lab