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Condensed Matter Physics Overview

cond-matter-physics-art.jpgWhile “condensed matter physics” might sound daunting, this exciting field of research is central to a scientific understanding of how matter works. Simply put, condensed matter is the branch of physics concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.

Physicists researching condensed matter observe the interactions of various types of matter, including solids, liquids, gases and plasmas. Condensed matter physics deals specifically with systems of many constituents with strong interactions between them. Researchers have achieved success in manipulating these interactions to advance human knowledge of the physical systems around us, as well as to create an array of revolutionary materials and devices.

Research in the field has led to the creation of new materials with novel properties that have opened doors in areas as diverse as computing and electronics, energy generation and storage, and quantum information science and technology.


Research Areas

Experimental Condensed Matter

Condensed Matter Theory

Other Resources

Research Opportunities

For details on undergraduate research opportunities, visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities page.

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