CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
Experimental
U of C Physics faculty conduct a broad program of experiments in condensed matter phenomena. The main site of this research is the interdisciplinary James Franck Institute. Topics of study include optical and electronic transport in normal and superconducting nanocrystals and arrays. Collective effects at ultralow temperatures including the (fractional) quantum Hall effect, vortex tunneling, metalinsulator transitions, and magnetic quantum critical points. Symmetrybreaking and fluctuations in heavy fermion, organic, and highT_{c} superconductors. Nonlinear dynamics and flow properties of granular materials. Scaling behavior of liquid flow and droplet breakup. Mathematical analysis and computer simulation of singularity formation. Universal scaling behavior of relaxation phenomena in supercooled liquids and glasses. Microscopic kinetics and dynamics of phase transitions in colloidal suspensions. Manipulation by dynamic optical holographic traps. Molecular regulation within living cells. Selfassembly and morphology of ultrathin polymer films.
Theoretical
U of C Physics faculty conduct a wide range of theoretical investigations into condensed matter phenomena. The main site of this research is the interdisciplinary James Franck Institute. Topics of study include macroscopic dynamics of materials, interfacial singularities, and nonlinear processes. Turbulent, chaotic, and stochastic behavior in hydrodynamic and other dynamical systems. Spatial selforganization in polymers, surfactant monolayers, colloids and cell assemblies. Physics of magnetic and superconducting materials (systems) driven by a strong interaction. Physics in low dimensions. Fermi liquid and nonFermi liquid states in many body systems. High temperature superconductivity. Quantum phase transitions. Phase ordering kinetics and defect dynamics. Nonperturbative phenomena in electronic systems; strongly correlated electronic systems, magnetism. Transition between jammed and fluid states in granular matter, glassforming liquids, and magnetic flux lattices. Integrable models of statistical mechanics and quantum field theory.
The condensed matter physicists in our department work closely with quantum scientists in the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
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