Experimental Condensed Matter


  • Philip Collins
  • Michael Dennin
  • Wilson Ho
  • Zachary Fisk (Emeritus)
  • Herbert Hopster (Emeritus)
  • Ilya Krivorotov
  • Jon Lawrence (Emeritus)
  • William Parker (Emeritus)
  • James Rutledge (Emeritus)
  • Zuzanna Siwy
  • Peter Taborek,  Department Chair
  • Jing Xia
Research Topics Include
  • Nanoelectronics, Carbon Nanotubes, and Molecular Electronics including Sensors and Bioelectronics.
  • Nonlinear condensed matter systems.  Also biological physics.
  • Studying surfaces in physical, chemical and biological systems. This includes time resolved phenomena, single molecule imaging, and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopes.
  • Strongly correlated electron systems, heavy fermion physics, magnetism and superconductivity, Kondo insulators, hexaborides, half-metallic materials.     Click here to visit Dr. Fisk's Research Group Home Page.
  • Surface and thin film magnetism using spin polarized electron scattering.
  • Nanoelectronics and spintronics, magnetism and spin dynamics in magnetic nanostructures.
  • Experimental studies of heavy fermion compounds concerning crystal growth and characterization, thermodynamics, and spectroscopies ( neutron scattering, photoemission and X-ray absorption). Experiments are performed at Los Alamos National Lab, and at synchrotron light sources and neutron sources at the Stanford (SSRL), Brookhaven (BNL), and Argonne (ANL) National Labs.
  • Experimental studies of materials at low temperatures. At the moment this work includes studies of the growth and properties of liquid helium films on solid surfaces, measurements of surface diffusion of solid hydrogen, and a search for techniques of doping solid hydrogen with reactive atomic impurities.
  • Preparation of nanostructures and understanding their functioning is a big scientific challenge.
  • Phase transitions and kinetics of quantum fluids and solids at low temperature; materials science of thin films, particularly diamond and amorphous carbon.