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 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 Materials Research Lab
        (217) 333-9580
        Barry Bradlyn
        Assistant Professor
          Condensed Matter Physics
          2129 Engineering Sciences Building
          David M. Ceperley
          Professor
            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
              Assistant 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 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
                                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
                                    Associate Professor
                                      AMO / Quantum Physics
                                      337A Loomis Laboratory
                                      (217) 300-3306
                                      Gregory  MacDougall
                                      Assistant Professor
                                        Condensed Matter Physics
                                        216 Materials Research Lab
                                        (217) 300-0147
                                        Vidya  Madhavan
                                        Professor
                                          Condensed Matter Physics
                                          1018 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
                                              2010 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
                                                  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
                                                      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