NSF: Condensed Matter Physics [PD-03-1710]


The Condensed Matter Physics program supports experimental, as well as combined experiment and theory projects investigating the fundamental physics behind phenomena exhibited by condensed matter systems. Representative research areas in such systems include: 1) phenomena at the nano- to macro-scale including: transport, magnetic, and optical phenomena; classical and quantum phase transitions; localization; electronic, magnetic, and lattice structure or excitations; superconductivity; and nonlinear dynamics. 2) low-temperature physics: quantum fluids and solids; 1D and 2D electron systems. 3) soft condensed matter: partially ordered fluids, granular and colloid physics, and 4) understanding the fundamental physics of new states of matter as well as the physical behavior of condensed matter under extreme conditions e.g., low temperatures, high pressures, and high magnetic fields. Questions of current interest that span these research areas are: How and why do complex macroscopic phenomena emerge from simple interacting microscopic constituents? What new physics occurs far from equilibrium and why? What is the physics behind the behavior of matter confined to the nanoscale in one or more dimensions? What is the physics of spin systems and quantum states of matter that could lead to their coherent manipulation and control.

 

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