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
Fox Family Professor in Engineering
    Condensed Matter Physics
    104 Materials Research Lab
    (217) 244-4861
    Gordon A. Baym
    George and Ann Fisher Professor in Engineering Emeritus, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics Emeritus, Research Professor
      Nuclear Physics
      337C Loomis Laboratory
      (217) 333-4363
      Alexey  Bezryadin
      Professor
        Condensed Matter Physics
        1016 Superconductivity Center
        (217) 333-9580
        Barry Bradlyn
        Assistant Professor
          Condensed Matter Physics
          2129 Engineering Sciences Building
          David M. Ceperley
          Founder Professor of Physics
            Condensed Matter Physics
            2107 Engineering Sciences Building
            (217) 244-0646
            Tai-Chang  Chiang
            Research Professor
              Condensed Matter Physics
              170 Materials Research Lab
              (217) 333-2593
              Bryan K. Clark
              Associate Professor
                Condensed Matter Physics
                2111 Engineering Sciences Building
                (217) 244-2423
                S. Lance Cooper
                Professor
                  Condensed Matter Physics
                  218 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 Superconductivity Center
                      (217) 244-7709
                      Thomas  Faulkner
                      Associate Professor
                        High Energy Physics
                        433 Loomis Laboratory
                        (217) 244-8598
                        Eduardo H. Fradkin
                        Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Physics
                          Condensed Matter Physics
                          2119 Engineering Sciences Building
                          (217) 333-4409
                          Russ Giannetta
                          Professor
                            Condensed Matter Physics
                            129 Loomis Laboratory
                            (217) 333-5882
                            Nigel D. Goldenfeld
                            Swanlund Professor of Physics
                              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
                                  Professor
                                    Condensed Matter Physics
                                    2115 Engineering Sciences Building
                                    (217) 333-1195
                                    Angela  Kou
                                    Assistant Professor
                                      Condensed Matter Physics
                                      216 Materials Research Lab
                                      Virginia  Lorenz
                                      Associate Professor
                                        AMO / Quantum Physics
                                        337A Loomis Laboratory
                                        (217) 300-3306
                                        Gregory  MacDougall
                                        Research Assistant Professor
                                          Condensed Matter Physics
                                          408 Materials Research Lab
                                          (217) 300-0147
                                          Vidya  Madhavan
                                          Professor
                                            Condensed Matter Physics
                                            1018 Superconductivity Center
                                            (217) 300-1476
                                            Fahad  Mahmood
                                            Assistant Professor
                                              Condensed Matter Physics
                                              106 Materials Research Lab
                                              (217) 300-9217
                                              Nancy  Makri
                                              Professor of Chemistry
                                                Condensed Matter Physics
                                                A442 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
                                                (217) 333-6589
                                                Nadya  Mason
                                                Professor
                                                  Condensed Matter Physics
                                                  2010 Superconductivity Center
                                                  (217) 244-9114
                                                  Munir H. Nayfeh
                                                  Professor
                                                    Cross-cutting Physics
                                                    407 Loomis Laboratory
                                                    (217) 333-3774
                                                    Wolfgang Pfaff
                                                    Assistant Professor
                                                      AMO / Quantum Physics
                                                      295A Engineering Sciences Building
                                                      Philip W. Phillips
                                                      Professor
                                                        Condensed Matter Physics
                                                        2121 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                        (217) 244-2003
                                                        Michael  Stone
                                                        Professor
                                                          Condensed Matter Physics
                                                          2117 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                          (217) 333-2891
                                                          Dale J. Van Harlingen
                                                          Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Physics
                                                            Condensed Matter Physics
                                                            1020 Superconductivity Center
                                                            (217) 300-9259
                                                            Smitha  Vishveshwara
                                                            Professor
                                                              Condensed Matter Physics
                                                              2109 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                              (217) 333-4370
                                                              Lucas K. Wagner
                                                              Assistant Professor
                                                                Condensed Matter Physics
                                                                2131 Engineering Sciences Building
                                                                John H. Weaver
                                                                Professor of Materials Science and Eng.
                                                                  Condensed Matter Physics
                                                                  262 Materials Research Lab