Condensed Matter

Condensed matter physics is concerned with understanding and exploiting the properties of solids and liquids and the large area that this covers makes it the largest field of contemporary physics. At the fundamental level, researchers in this field are interested in uncovering the simple physical principles that underlay the often complex behaviors of condensed matter systems. However, the importance of many of these materials to present and future technologies also drives a large amount of applied research in the field.

The CREATE-QuEST initiative provides special opportunities for our condensed matter physics students.  Selected full QuEST graduate students receive stipends at a scholarship level, opportunities to work abroad or with a company during graduate study, new course offerings, and opportunities to build "soft" skills to compliment a broad-based scientific training.  For more information see www.quest.ubc.ca.

Faculty Engaged in Condensed Matter Research

Ian Affleck University Killam Professor,
Condensed Matter Theory
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Topics include: Superconductivity, Quantum Magnetism, Quantum Impurities, Topological Materials, Field Theory Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
Mona Berciu Professor,
Condensed Matter Theory
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Research Field: Strongly correlated systems
Topics include: polarons, bipolarons, correlated electrons, spintronics, magnetic and transport properties
Douglas Bonn Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Research Field: Superconductivity
Topics include: high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth, scanning tunneling microscopy
Sarah Burke Assistant Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Topics include: Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics
Andrea Damascelli Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Research Field: Electronic Structure of Novel Complex Systems and Nanostructured 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,
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
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Research Field: Quantum Physics in Nanostructures
Topics include: spin in semiconductor nanostructures, quantum decoherence, quantum Hall effect, graphene
Marcel Franz Professor,
Condensed Matter Theory
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Robert Kiefl Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Andrzej Kotlicki Term Faculty Member,
Applied Optics/Accoustics/Outreach
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Kirk Madison Associate Professor,
Condensed Matter + Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO)
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Research Field: Ultra-cold atomic and molecular gases
Topics include: laser cooling and trapping
Steven Plotkin Associate Professor,
Theoretical Physics
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Research Field: Biophysics Theory and Computation
Topics include: Protein Misfolding & Aggregation, DNA Structure and Dynamics with Coarse-Grained Models, Dielectric Properties of Proteins, The Role of Osmolytes and Denaturants on Protein Stability, Generalization of Distance to High-Dimensional Objects and Applications to Protein Folding Order Parameters, Electronic Polarization Effects in Protein Function and Ligand Binding
Joerg Rottler Professor,
Condensed Matter/Computational Physics
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Research Field: Soft Condensed Matter
Topics include: Nonequilibrium dynamics of glassy systems, polymer physics, deformation and flow of amorphous materials, nucleation and growth phenomena, electrostatic effects in complex fluids
George Sawatzky Professor,
Condensed Matter Theory
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Philip Stamp Professor,
Condensed Matter Theory
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Jeff Young Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Research Field: Photonics, Condensed Matter Physics
Topics include: Photonic Crystals, Nonlinear Optics, Spintronics
Fei Zhou Professor,
Theoretical Atomic Physics, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
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Research Field: Quantum magnetism, few- and many-body physics of ultra cold atoms
Topics include: Correlated Ultra-Cold Quantum Matter, Fractionalized Topological Excitations, Quantum-Fluctuation Driven Phenomena, Cold Gases near Resonances, Resonance Scattering in Optical lattices

Adjunct Professors

Andrew MacFarlane Associate Member,
Chemistry and Physics of the Solid State, Superconductivity, Magnetism
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