Welcome to the website of the Condensed Matter Physics Group in the Division of Physics, Math, and Astronomy at Caltech.
Research in the group covers a wide range of physical phenomena and mathematical concepts in both quantum and classical systems. On the quantum side there is interest in topological phases of matter, bulk and low dimensional strongly correlated and/or strongly spin-orbit coupled electronic materials, spin liquids and other magnetic systems, etc. The potential for application of these physical systems and concepts to schemes for quantum computation is a significant focus.
On the classical side there is theoretical research on physical phenomena (e.g. noise, pattern-formation and chaos, etc.) in systems driven far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Nanoscale science, broadly defined, forms a major experimental focus, with both fundamental and applied work on biological systems, chemical sensing, and photonics underway.
More information on our research activities can be found in the faculty listings.
The condensed matter group benefits from close interactions with colleagues in the the departments of Applied Physics and Materials Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics. These interactions are greatly facilitated by the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, a Physics Frontiers Center supported by the National Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as well as Caltech's Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics. The experimental groups also make good use of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute where state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities are available.