Condensed Matter Physics

What is Condensed Matter Physics?

Condensed matter physics attempts to understand and manipulate the properties of matter in its solid and liquid forms from fundamental physical principles of quantum and statistical mechanics.

What are we doing in Condensed Matter Physics at Illinois?

The University of Illinois maintains a distinguished tradition of focusing on the collective properties of matter and the emergence of novel and unusual states of matter, such as superconductivity and superfluidity.

Research in these areas has been recognized by numerous major awards, including Nobel Prizes to John Bardeen and Anthony Leggett. However, the university is also distinguished by its strong contributions to the development of technology emanating from condensed matter physics, especially in the area of semiconductor physics.

Today, the condensed matter group is the largest focus area in the department, with vibrant programs in both theory and experimental work. Every area of modern-day condensed matter physics is represented at Illinois, together with numerous cross-disciplinary programs in atomic, molecular and optical physics, materials science, and even biology.

Faculty

Peter  Abbamonte
Professor
    Condensed Matter Physics
    104 Seitz Materials Research Lab
    (217) 244-4861
    Gordon A. Baym
    Research Professor
      Nuclear Physics
      337C Loomis Laboratory
      (217) 333-4363
      Alexey  Bezryadin
      Professor
        Condensed Matter Physics
        1016 Seitz Materials Research Lab
        (217) 333-9580
        David M. Ceperley
        Professor
          Condensed Matter Physics
          2107 Engineering Sciences Building
          (217) 244-0646
          Tai-Chang  Chiang
          Research Professor
            Condensed Matter Physics
            170 Seitz Materials Research Lab
            (217) 333-2593
            Bryan K. Clark
            Assistant Professor
              Condensed Matter Physics
              2111 Engineering Sciences Building
              (217) 244-2423
              S. Lance Cooper
              Professor
                Condensed Matter Physics
                218 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                (217) 333-2589
                Karin A. Dahmen
                Professor
                  Condensed Matter Physics
                  2127 Engineering Sciences Building
                  (217) 244-8873
                  James N. Eckstein
                  Professor
                    Condensed Matter Physics
                    1019 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                    (217) 244-7709
                    Thomas  Faulkner
                    Assistant Professor
                      High Energy Physics
                      433 Loomis Laboratory
                      (217) 244-8598
                      Eduardo H. Fradkin
                      Professor
                        Condensed Matter Physics
                        2119 Engineering Sciences Building
                        (217) 333-4409
                        Nigel D. Goldenfeld
                        Professor
                          Condensed Matter Physics
                          3113 Engineering Sciences Building
                          (217) 333-8027
                          Martin Gruebele
                          Professor of Chemistry and Physics
                            Biological Physics
                            A220 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
                            (217) 333-6136
                            Sascha  Hilgenfeldt
                            Professor of Mechanical Science and Eng.
                              332D Mechanical Engineering Bldg
                              (217) 244-7252
                              Taylor L. Hughes
                              Associate Professor
                                Condensed Matter Physics
                                2115 Engineering Sciences Building
                                (217) 333-1195
                                Anthony J. Leggett
                                Professor
                                  Condensed Matter Physics
                                  2113 Engineering Sciences Building
                                  (217) 333-2077
                                  Virginia  Lorenz
                                  Assistant Professor
                                    AMO / Quantum Physics
                                    337A Loomis Laboratory
                                    (217) 300-3306
                                    Gregory  MacDougall
                                    Assistant Professor
                                      Condensed Matter Physics
                                      216 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                                      (217) 300-0147
                                      Vidya  Madhavan
                                      Professor
                                        Condensed Matter Physics
                                        1018 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                                        (217) 300-1476
                                        Nancy  Makri
                                        Professor of Chemistry
                                          Condensed Matter Physics
                                          A442 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
                                          (217) 333-6589
                                          Nadya  Mason
                                          Professor
                                            Condensed Matter Physics
                                            1017 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                                            (217) 244-9114
                                            Munir H. Nayfeh
                                            Professor
                                              Cross-cutting Physics
                                              407 Loomis Laboratory
                                              (217) 333-3774
                                              Philip W. Phillips
                                              Professor
                                                Condensed Matter Physics
                                                2121 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                (217) 244-2003
                                                Peter E. Schiffer
                                                Professor
                                                  Condensed Matter Physics
                                                  420 Swanlund Administration Building
                                                  Michael  Stone
                                                  Professor
                                                    Condensed Matter Physics
                                                    2117 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                    (217) 333-2891
                                                    Smitha  Vishveshwara
                                                    Associate Professor
                                                      Condensed Matter Physics
                                                      2109 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                      (217) 333-4370
                                                      Lucas K. Wagner
                                                      Research Assistant Professor
                                                        Condensed Matter Physics
                                                        2131 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                        John H. Weaver
                                                        Professor of Materials Science and Eng.
                                                          Condensed Matter Physics
                                                          262 Seitz Materials Research Lab
                                                          (217) 244-3528