Condensed Matter Theory

Contact: Sarah Siddall
Phone: 609-258-9548
Office: 311 Jadwin Hall

The theoretical condensed matter group is involved in research in four main areas:

  • quantum many-body theory of systems involving strong correlations and/or disorder
  • statistical mechanics
  • biological systems
  • systems far from equilibrium

The first area includes such phenomena as high-temperature superconductivity, the quantum Hall effect, quantum magnetism, mesoscopics, localization, and quantum chaos.

Statistical mechanical problems include the behavior of spin glasses, glasses and other complex systems, magnetism, and the vortex state of superconductors.

Work on biological systems addresses phenomena at the molecular level, such as the dynamics of protein self-assembly and molecular motors, as well as at the cellular scale and beyond, concerning chemotaxis and pattern formation.

Finally, the study of highly nonequilibrium systems embraces phenomena such as chemical networks, neural networks, morphogenesis, and evolution. In all of these endeavors the theory group enjoys close contact with experimental condensed matter and biophysics efforts within the Physics Department and in related departments on campus.


Dmitry Abanin
Professor of Physics
Bogdan A. Bernevig
Professor of Physics
Duncan Haldane
Professor of Physics
David Huse
Professor of Physics
Biao Lian
Assistant Professor
Shinsei Ryu
Professor of Physics
Shivaji Sondhi
Professor Emeritus

Associated Faculty

Ravindra Bhatt
Associated Professor
Roberto Car
Associated Professor
Salvatore Torquato
Associated Professor