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Department of Physics

Theoretical Research


  • Investigation of plasma instabilities in lower dimensional solid state systems. Professors Bakshi and Kempa; program sponsored by the U.S. Army Research.
  • Nanostructures and quantum dots for ultrafast computing. Professors Bakshi, Broido, and Kempa.
  • Collective phenomena at surfaces of solids. Professor Kempa.
  • Theory of the high temperature superconductivity; Fermi liquid theory. Professor Bedell; program supported by the Department of Energy.
  • Strongly correlated electron systems, including pairing correlations in high-temperature superconductors, Fermi liquid vs. non-Fermi liquid behavior in two-dimensional systems, and the theory of local Fermi liquids and the metal-insulator transition. Computational physics. Professor Engelbrecht.
  • Theory of correlated electron materials including high temperature superconductors and other complex oxides such as cobaltates and ruthenates. Itinerant and localized magnetism and heavy fermion systems. Quantum spin systems. Unconventional superconductivity. Emergent quantum electronic states and topologically ordered phases of matter. Fractional and integer quantum Hall systems and other mesoscopic systems including graphene. Professor Wang; program supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.
  • Thermoelectric transport in novel semiconductor materials. Professor Broido.
  • Effects of band structure on the electronic and optical properties of lower-dimensional semiconductor systems. Professor Broido.
  • Theory of strongly coupled Coulomb systems. Professor Kalman; program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Quantum condensed matter theory, electronic systems with strong interaction. Frustrated magnets, high-Tc superconductors. Topological aspects of condensed matter system such as topological defects and topological band insulators. Professor Ran.