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Department of Physics

Research

The faculty research programs within the Physics Department at Boston College explore a variety of areas within experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics. The department's strong record in condensed matter physics research and collective expertise facilitates a highly collaborative research environment in both fundamental and applied branches of solid state physics. Research lines span from the collaborative investigation of new electronic phases of matter to the nano- and mesoscopic design of materials with novel or enhanced properties not found in nature.

Examples of current areas of interest include topics in: the physics of strongly correlated electrons, unconventional superconductivity, topological phase transitions and states of matter, nonequilibrium Fermi liquid properties, static order and dynamics in nanocrystalline matter, spin and charge density waves, grain boundary and carrier engineering in thermoelectric materials, electromagnetic metamaterials, novel photovoltaic materials, and heat transport in nanostructures.

Experimental tools employed by faculty and their research groups include: thermal transport characterization, high resolution torque magnetometry, scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, muon spin resonance, neutron and x-ray scattering techniques, angle-resolve photoemission, optical terahertz spectroscopy and imaging, and low temperature charge transport under high magnetic fields.

Links provided on the sidebar will guide you to brief overviews of both the theoretical and experimental research groups run by our 19 faculty members.