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Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems


Theoretical physicists at Michigan carry out research both in traditional Condensed Matter physics and in the field of Complex Systems using methods originally developed to understand the properties of matter. Active theoretical efforts address topological insulators, nonlinear systems driven out of equilibrium, biophysics, soft condensed matter, nano-science, quantum circuits, quantum computing, superconductivity, vortex dynamics, dynamical instabilities, nonlinear collective transport phenomena, and network theory.


Experimental Condensed Matter Physics research at Michigan spans a wide variety of experimental techniques and topics. Much of the work involves overlap with applied physics, complex systems, optics and biophysics.

General topics studied include topological insulators; soft condensed matter; semiconductor physics and devices; quantum optics and quantum computing; metamaterials, photonics, optoelectronics and non-linear optics; thermoelectricity and ferroelectricity; solar energy conversion, light emission and lasing, strongly correlated and low dimensional electron systems; magnetism, optically induced magnetism, spins in semiconductors, and pattern formation in non-equilibrium systems.

Materials preparation includes molecular beam epitaxy, organic thin film deposition, and microfabrication.

Experimental techniques include low temperature and high magnetic field electrical transport; thermal transport; scanning tunneling and other microscopies; optical and ultrafast spectroscopies; x-ray and inelastic light scattering; and synchrotron and laboratory electron and x-ray spectroscopy.

Materials and devices studied include thin films; single electron transistors; organic and inorganic semiconductors; semiconductor quantum dots, wells, and superlattices; light emitting diodes; solar cells, lasers, detectors, low dimensional compounds and fabricated structures; rare earth, transition metal and actinide compounds and alloys; complex fluids.



Charles Doering - Mathematical physics, stochastic and fluid dynamics
Sharon Glotzer - Computational nanoscience and simulation of soft matter, self-assembly, and materials design
Emanuel Gull - Computational condensed matter physics, many-body theory, strongly correlated systems, numerical methods for correlated systems
Xiaoming Mao - Soft condensed matter, materials physics, statistical physics
Mark Newman - Complex systems, statistical physics, networks
Franco Nori - Quantum computing, vortex dynamics, superconductivity, complex systems, biophysics
David Lubensky - Theoretical biophysics
Leonard M. Sander - Complex systems, statistical physics, biophysics
Robert S. Savit - Complex systems, statistical physics, biophysics
Kai Sun - Condensed matter physics, strongly correlated many-body systems, topological states of matter
Kevin Wood - Complex systems, statistical physics, population dynamics, biophysics


Roy Clarke - X-ray, materials research, magnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures
Steven Cundiff - Ultrafast optics, ultrafast spectroscopy, semiconductors, AMO
Robert Deegan - Hydrodynamics, complex fluids, pattern formation, complex systems
Hui Deng - single and coupled solid-state quantum systems, matter-light interactions, quantum state generation, optical vortices, wide bandgap materials, AMO
Stephen Forrest - Organic thin film semiconductors, MBE III-V semiconductor growth, optoelectronics, energy devices
Rachel Goldman - Electronic materials science, molecular-beam epitaxy, scanning tunneling microscopy
Cagliyan Kurdak - Quantum transport in mesoscopic and low dimensional systems, single electron devices
Lu Li - Novel magnetic properties, novel oxide interfaces, frustrated quantum magnets, strongly correlated systems
Roberto D. Merlin - Light scattering, ultrafast optics, AMO, collective excitations, metamaterials
Bradford G. Orr - AFM/STM imaging, surfaces and interfaces, nanoscience, Biophysics
Stephen C. Rand - Nonlinear optics, AMO
Vanessa Sih - Optical spectroscopy, spins in semiconductors, nanophotonics, AMO
Duncan Steel - Quantum dots, nonlinear optical spectroscopy, AMOBiophysics
Ctirad Uher - Thermoelectrics, thermal transport, diluted magnetic semiconductors, MBE V-VI semiconductors
Michal Zochowski - Complex systems, network dynamics, Biophysics, neuroscience
Liuyan Zhao - correlated electron systems, strong spin-orbit coupled systems, two-dimensional systems; ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics

Related Centers and Programs

Applied Physics Program
Center for the Study of Complex Systems