Condensed Matter physicists study matter in its nearly unlimited variety of condensed states from liquids to crystalline solids, from thin films to fabricated or chemically-synthesized nanostructures, from quantum Hall electron gases to superconductors, from carbon nanotubes to liquid crystals, and from amorphous structures to complex fluids. We seek both to clarify the fundamental issues behind the striking properties of these systems, and to illuminate their potential for useful application in many areas from electronics to biology and medicine. Condensed matter physics underlies many key devices of information technology, including the transistor, the solid-state laser, optical fiber, magnetic storage media, the liquid crystal display. The Condensed Matter research at Penn is organized around three broadly defined groups: Quantum Matter, Soft Matter and Living Matter.
Liang Wu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was announced as one of the recipients of a $50 million grant from the Department of Defense under the Defense University RRead More
Liang Wu’s research on the relationship between topology and linear optics is featured in Penn Today
“The discovery of fourfold topological quasiparticles in this metallic alloy could be used to engineer topological materials with unique and controllable properties in the future.Read More
Congratulations to Prof. Eleni Katifori, who has been awarded the 2021 APS Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research!
This prestigious award was given “For the seminal use of physical principles in understanding living transport networks.”Read More
A new study describes how external forces drive the rearrangement of individual particles in disordered solids, enabling new ways to imbue materials with unique mechanical properties.Read More