Condensed Matter Theory

Condensed Matter Theory

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The Condensed Matter Theory group currently has three faculty members whose research interests are dedicated to physical properties of various novel and advanced materials and their potential practical applications. While sharing certain commonality of interests in low-dimensional systems, different research directions also complement each other thereby building wider range opportunities for the future. In particular, topological states of the matter emerge as one of the main focuses with implications for electronics and quantum computation. Nanostructured and hybrid semiconductor systems offer new opportunities for energy conversion and photonics applications.

Chuanwei Zhang’s current work includes topological superfluids and superconductors, ultra-cold atomic gases, low-dimensional materials, and quantum computation.

Fan Zhang’s research focuses primarily on topological states of quantum matter and interaction effects in many-body systems such as topological insulators and superconductors, graphene and other low-dimensional materials.

Yuri Gartstein’s current research concentrates around optoelectronic properties of nanostructured and hybrid semiconductor systems, with particular interests on the physics of light-matter interaction, charge and energy transfer.

The impact of our theoretical work has been strengthened by strong collaborations with external experimental groups as well as with local experimentalists in the Departments of Physics, of Materials Science and Engineering, and in the Nanotech Institute. The active research of the past few years has been accompanied by a robust publication output, with more than 15 peer-reviewed papers per year, including those in such respectable journals as Phys. Rev. Lett., PNAS, Nature sub-journals, Nano Lett., and ACS Nano. Several of these works have introduced new concepts and already stimulated series of experiments in their subfields.

We anticipate that we will continue active research along the avenues of topological, quantum-correlated, energy, and photonic materials that we find both scientifically profound and important for future technologies. We intend to further extend our collaborations with experimental groups, both inside and outside the university.