Condensed Matter Physics And Materials Science

Condensed Matter Physics And Materials Science

CMP is uniquely focused on new properties and phenomena that emerge from the aggregation of strongly interacting constituents. Perhaps most importantly, the size of these aggregates is on the scale of life, ranging from atoms to objects that can be held in the human hand.

More than any other discipline, CMP guides our understanding of the world we experience, and has the potential to help solve the challenging problems that we face in the new century. 

Berkeley boasts a large community of researchers in condensed matter physics and materials physics with diverse interests, both on campus and at the nearby Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The research activities of the experimentalists fall into several of the central topics of CMP: quantum information, physics of nanomaterials, magnetism, quantum materials, optical properties, photoemission, superconductivity, and new materials. 

The goal of condensed matter theory is to understand the rich phenomena that emerge from relatively simple constituents (electrons and nuclei) and rules (nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and Maxwell’s equations). The theory group works closely with experimental groups at Berkeley and elsewhere, as new theoretical developments in condensed matter are typically both stimulated and validated by experiment.


The weekly Condensed Matter seminars (290k) take place Mondays 10:00 am.

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Research Groups

Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory Condensed Matter Physics And Materials Science

Quantum mechanics is a theory that was developed to explain the properties of atoms and light. It is one of the most thoroughly tested and successful theories in the history of science. It is also...

Zettl group Condensed Matter Physics And Materials Science

The Zettl research group conducts experiments in solid state physics in the Birge-Physics North & South complex on the campus of UC Berkeley and at the adjacent Lawrence Berkeley...