School of Physics Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Research

This area of physics is in the early stages of a second "quantum revolution" and is one of the most active fields of research in present day: in the last decade, the Nobel Prize in Physics/Chemistry has been awarded ten times for work related to condensed matter physics. We can image and control tiny clusters of atoms and even individual atoms, at scales where quantum effects play a key role. Our research focuses on the characterization and imaging of condensed matter with atomic resolution using a variety of imaging modes, and on the properties of novel quantum states such as Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). We also study the transition of such macroscopic quantum systems into effectively classical objects via quantum decoherence and investigate the implications for foundational questions such as the infamous quantum measurement problem.

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