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  • Condensed Matter Physics and Materials

    Berkeley condensed matter physics is focused on understanding the properties and new physical phenomena that emerge from the aggregation of strongly interacting constituents.

    Berkeley boasts a large community of researchers in condensed matter physics and materials physics with diverse interests, both on campus and in the Materials Sciences Division of LBL. Experimental research activities include quantum information, the physics of nanomaterials, magnetism, quantum materials, optical properties, photoemission, superconductivity, and the synthesis of new materials.

    The goal of condensed matter theory is to understand the rich phenomena that emerge from relatively simple constituents (electrons and nuclei) and rules (nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and Maxwell’s equations). The Berkeley theory group works closely with experimental groups at Berkeley and elsewhere, on theoretical developments in areas such as the fractional quantum Hall effect, magnetism, quantum algorithms, materials modeling with advanced computers, and quantum information.

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    Prof. Jeff Neaton
    Using density functional theory and related methods, and working closely with experimental groups, we will explore the structure, photophysics, transport properties of novel quantum materials [...]
    Prof. Zi Q. Qiu
    In this REU project, students will learn the basic principle of Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) and apply MOKE to the study of magnetic ultrathin films [...]
    Prof. Mike Zaletel
    When atomically thin layers of graphene are stacked with a relative twist between them, the moire pattern formed by the beating between their crystal structures generates an superlattice for the motion of the electrons in the bilayer [...]
    Prof James Analytis
    This experimental project will expose students to advanced techniques in materials synthesis and characterization, leveraging the vast facilities at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. After synthesizing new materials, students will use […]