Of all the Physics sub-fields, condensed matter has probably had the greatest impact on our daily lives. It has spawned high technology developments from semiconductor electronics (used in modern computers, phones and other electronic products) to modern plastic and other exotic composite materials. Condensed matter is the area of physics most closely related to high technology and industrial applications. Its breadth and utility encourage interdisciplinary interactions with many other groups on and off the UMD campus.

See: Quantum Materials Center

Personnel

Research Areas

  • Ferroelectrics
  • Magnetic Oxides
  • Mesoscopic Physics
  • Microwave Properties of Materials
  • Nanoscale Electronics
  • Nano-optics
  • Nanostructures
  • Quantum Computation
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Semiconductor Device Physics
  • Spin Quantum Computation in Solids
  • Statistical Mechanics at Surfaces
  • Strongly Interacting Electron Systems
  • Superconductivity
  • Synthesis of Novel Materials
  • Thin Film Science
  • Topological Phases of Matter
  • 2D Magnetic Materials and Phenomena

Related Centers and Institutes:

Maryland Nanocenter

Condensed Matter Theory Center

Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Joint Quantum Institute

Condensed Matter Experiment News

  • Department Rated Highly by US News

    The Department of Physics received high ratings in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools lists released on April 25. .Eleven programs and specialties in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) earned top-25 accolades. The college’s graduate rankings are: Physics at No. 17 (No.

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  • Twisting Up Atoms Through Space and Time

    One of the most exciting applications of quantum computers will be to direct their gaze inwards, at the very quantum rules that make them tick. Quantum computers can be used to simulate quantum physics itself, and perhaps even explore realms that don’t exist anywhere in nature. But even in the

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  • Electrons Take New Shape Inside Unconventional Metal

    One of the biggest achievements of quantum physics was recasting our vision of the atom. Out was the early 1900s model of a solar system in miniature, in which electrons looped around a solid nucleus. Instead, quantum physics showed that electrons live a far more interesting life, meandering around the

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