Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)


What is Condensed Matter Physics?

Understanding fundamental microscopic mechanisms of macroscopic phenomena in a condensed form of matter is the scope of condensed matter physics (CMP). The modern condensed matter physics has expanded tremendously into many science-engineering disciplines, that cover everything from studies of fundamental electronic properties like superconductivity, nano-electronics, to the very complex system of living cells.

In today’s world, “physics” is simply a synonym of fundamental mechanism in chemistry, electrical engineering, biology etc. The CMP strives to unlock hidden quantum mechanisms for novel states of matter which manifests only when particles are put together. The CMP research programs at UB, the largest group in the physics department, offer an extensive array of cutting-edge topics -- spintronics, quantum computing, low-dimensional nano-structures,  topological materials, superconductivity, quantum fluids, magnetism, nonequilibrium dynamics, computational many-body physics – with strong inter-disciplinary collaboration with chemistry, mathematics, electrical engineering and biology departments. A full-time faculty of 14 professors (8 experimental, 6 theoretical) lead the research.

Condensed Matter Physics News

Professor Hao Zeng and collaborators were featured in the February 2017 issue of Nature for their work on deciphering chemical order/disorder and material properties at the single-atom level. 

Who We Are

John Cerne – Infrared Hall Effect in Novel Materiels and Superconductors
Sambandamurthy Ganapathy – Quantum Transport in Nanostructures and Nanoelectronics
Hong Luo – Semiconductor nanostructures
Andrea Markelz – Molecular Biophysics, THz spectroscopy
Bruce D. McCombe – Solid-state Matter Physics
Athos Petrou – Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy of Semiconductors
Arnd Pralle  – Cellular Biophysics, Nanoscale Magnetism
Hao Zeng – Nanoscale Magnetism
Jong E. Han – Computational many-body theory, nonequilibrium transport, nano-electronics modeling
Xuedong Hu – Quantum computations
Eckhard Krotscheck – Condensed Matter Physics
Peihong Zhang _–Nanoscale electronic structure theory
Wenjun Zheng – Biophysics
Igor Zutic – Spintronics and spin-polarized transport, unconventional superconductivity

Current CMP Graduate Students, Postdocs and Research Staff

  • Jiajun Li (Han group)
  • Weixiang Jin, Ishiaka Mansaray, Rahul Munshi, Michael Zucker, Dr. Idoia Castellanos-Rubio, Sara Parker (M.Sc.) (Pralle group)
  • Yanting Deng, Catherine Luck, Akansha Sharma, Mengyang Xu (Markelz group)
  • Nathaniel Fuller, Sushree Tripathy, Han Wen (Zheng group)

Condensed Matter Physics Courses

  • PHY 434: Solid State Physics
  • PHY 519, 520: Statistical Mechanics I and II
  • PHY 527, 528: Solid State Physics I and II
  • PHY 538: Quantum Theory of Solids

Recent CMP Alumni

Where are the Condensed Matter alumni of the past ten years now ? 

Meet some recent alumni: Sujay Singh (PhD) , Hemachander Subramanian (PhD), Andreas Stier (PhD)