Condensed matter physics is concerned with understanding and utilizing all types of physical properties of materials in their solid and liquid phases. Many phenomena observed in condensed matter are universal and can find analogies in other physical systems such as high-density ultracold gases. Condensed matter researchers are striving to uncover the simple yet fundamental physical principles underpinning the often complex and collective behaviour that emerges from the mutual interaction among many atoms. The importance of novel materials to present and future technologies drives a large amount of applied research in the field.

Faculty Engaged: Condensed Matter

Name Position Research
Ian Affleck University Killam Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Topics Include: Superconductivity, Quantum Magnetism, Quantum Impurities, Topological Materials, Field Theory Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
Mona Berciu Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Strongly correlated systems
Topics Include: polarons, bipolarons, correlated electrons, spintronics, magnetic and transport properties
Douglas Bonn Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Superconductivity
Topics Include: high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth, scanning tunneling microscopy
Sarah Burke Associate Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Topics Include: Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics
Andrea Damascelli Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials
Topics Include: Strongly correlated electron systems, low-dimensional systems and nanostructures, transition-metal oxides, metal-insulator transition, magnetism, orbital ordering, high-Tc superconductivity
Joshua Folk Associate Professor, Condensed Matter Research Field: Quantum Physics in Nanostructures
Topics Include: spin in semiconductor nanostructures, quantum decoherence, quantum Hall effect, graphene
Marcel Franz Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
David Jones Associate Professor, Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Research Website
Research Field: Atomic, Optical and Molecular Physics
Topics Include: Femtosecond Frequency Combs, XUV Spectroscopy, Precision Spectroscopy
Robert Kiefl Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Andrzej Kotlicki Term Faculty Member, Applied Physics Research Website
Research Field: Applied Optics/Accoustics/Outreach
Kirk Madison Associate Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Condensed Matter + Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO),Ultra-cold atomic and molecular gases
Topics Include: laser cooling and trapping
Joerg Rottler Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Condensed Matter/Computational Physics, Soft Condensed Matter
Topics Include: Nonequilibrium statistical physics, polymer science, deformation and flow of disordered solids, nanoscale transport phenomena, computational materials physics
George Sawatzky Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Philip Stamp Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Ziliang Ye Assistant Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Topics Include: 2D Materials (Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenide, etc.), Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy, Scanning Nearfield Optical Microscopy, Nanophotonic Devices (Silicon Photonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, etc.)
Jeff Young Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Photonics, Condensed Matter Physics
Topics Include: Photonic Crystals, Nonlinear Optics, Spintronics
Fei Zhou Professor, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Quantum Magnetism/Quantum Many-body Physics/Applications of QFT/CFT
Topics Include: Ultra-Cold Quantum Matter, Strong-Coupling physics, Far Away From Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics, Quantum entanglement.

Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Associates Engaged in Condensed Matter Research

Name Position Research
James Day Research Associate, Condensed Matter Research Website
Research Field: Unconventional Superconductivity; Undergraduate Physics Labs
Topics Include: Low temperature, microwave measurements; Data handling abilities of undergraduate students
Silvia Folk Research Associate, Condensed Matter
F Giorgio Levy de Castro Research Associate, Condensed Matter Research Field: AMPEL