Condensed matter physics

Condensed matter physics

We cordially invite students who are interested in the properties of advanced materials and exotic phases in condensed matter to participate in various projects currently funded by the National Science Foundation.

Previously of Princeton University, has been counted among one of the most highly cited physicists over the last five years by Thomson Reuters. He leads an experimental solid-state program that has succeeded in producing sophisticated crystal structures, which serve as models for axion terms within the crystal lattice.

Joined the department from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and combines low-temperature techniques with spectroscopic methods and grazing-incidence reaction studies in order to elucidate the atomic structure of superconducting and other materials.

Studying phase transitions in superconductors and the properties of exotic crystal lattices using Monte Carlo simulations on a powerful in-house supercomputer system, supplemented by scaling arguments (renormalization-group methods).

Investigates wave propagation in complex media and conducts analytical and numerical modeling with a view toward experimental corroboration. This topic spans the areas of condensed matter physics, optics and photonics.

Research efforts in computational condensed matter physics combine large-scale ab-initio calculations with analytic models to understand fundamental properties of advanced materials. Dr. Medvedeva focuses on complex physics of transparent conducting oxides, amorphous oxide semiconductors and other systems.

Performs atomic scale investigations of surfaces and interfaces, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and photoelectron diffraction for the study of the composition and structure of surfaces, interfaces, and thin films.

Studies binary homogeneous nucleation and droplet growth, the compositional structure of binary nanodroplets, homogeneous aerosol formation in supersonic gas expansions, particle nucleation and growth in supercritical fluids, and small angle neutron scattering from nanodroplet aerosols.

Investigates dynamical processes in condensed matter, using a variety of theoretical methods.

Studies of the thermal, mechanical  and electronic properties of materials in extreme environments utilizing atomistic simulations.