Hard Condensed Matter Physics

 

Theoretical and experimental hard condensed matter physics is the study of the properties of quantum matter. To paraphrase Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner: condensed matter physicists are engaged in searching for the fundamental unifying concepts which can enable us to understand the cornucopia of fascinating, beautiful, and potentially useful phenomena, which involve collective states of matter.
 
Through the application of powerful experimental probes and mathematical techniques, the experimentalists and theorists of the UCLA condensed matter physics group are playing important roles in this endeavor.
 
The faculty at UCLA is active in many areas of experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics: discovery of novel electronic materials, correlated electron systems, unconventional superconductivity, quantum magnetism, heavy-fermion physics, quantum critical phenomena, semiconductor physics, spintronics, quantum statistical mechanics and field theory, topological states of matter, and Majorana fermions. 
 
In addition to close interactions between condensed matter theorists and experimentalists in the physics department, the faculty is involved in collaborative research with faculty across the UCLA campus.