Condensed Matter


Research includes rheology; nonlinear fluids, including liquid crystals, polymers and polymer blends, and yield-stress materials; polymer interfaces; flow instabilities. 

The Levich Institute
    Researcher:    Areas of current interest

    Joel Koplik:    Theoretical fluid mechanics; molecular dynamics of fluid flow
    Hernan Makse:    Condensed matter, granular matter; soft condensed matter physics
    Mark Shattuck:    Experimental fluid mechanics, transport processes, complex fluids


Research includes the development and application of new methods in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and imaging; transport and magnetic properties of a variety of materials, mostly at low temperatures; magnetic properties of molecular nanomagnets, sometimes referred to as single-molecule magnets; surface reactions of oxygen with crystalline SiC; preparation and characterization of a variety of crystalline and amorphous semiconductor and insulating films; optical spectroscopic techniques to study correlated-electron systems and nano-systems; physical properties of electron systems of reduced dimensionality.

    Researcher:    Areas of current interest

    Lia Krusin:    Complex & multifunctional low--‐dimensional materials/systems. physics of complex nanostructured materials; strong electron correlations; quantum phase transitions; superconductivity
    Vinod Menon: Photonics, Condensed Matter Experiment
    Carlos Meriles:    Micro/nano scale magnetic resonance, optical detection and control of nuclear and electronic spins, schemes for polarization enhancement. novel magnetic resonance, optical NMR
    Myriam Sarachik:    Transport and Magnetic Measurements at Low Temperature, Molecular magnets, Dilute electrons in two dimensions, Topological insulators. physics of solids at low temperatures, MI transitions, magnetic materials, molecular magnetism
    Sergey Vitkalov:    Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Electron Systems. experimental condensed matter physics, low temperature physics, microwave physics


    Researcher:    Areas of current interest

    David Crouse (Electrical Engineering, Center for Advanced Technology)
    Stephen O'Brien (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering)
    Maria Tamargo (Chemistry):    Molecular beam epitaxy growth and characterization of semiconductor materials for photonics and electronics



Research includes strongly correlated systems in low dimensions; materials science, surface science, sonoluminescence; interaction of light with matter; statistical mechanics; symmetry and symmetry breaking in condensed matter.

    Researcher:    Areas of current interest

    Joseph Birman:    Condensed Matter Theory: Symmetry and Symmetry Breakup, Theoretical Physics - Condensed Matter Theory, Dynamical Symmetry & Symmetry Breaking in Many Body Problem, Coexistence of Competing Collective Effects (Superconductivity and Ferroelectricity), NanoPhysical Effects, Optical Properties of Condensed Matter Systems, Bose-Einstein Condensation Effects
    Harold Falk:    Statistical mechanics, spin-system techniques and focus on mathematically exact results, the evolution of discrete-time, nonlinear and stochastic models
    Pouyan Ghaemi: Graphene and Topological insulators, High temperature superconductivity in pnictides and cuprates, Thermoelectric transport, Heavy Fermion systems

    Joel Gersten:    Materials Science, sonoluminescence, surface physics, interaction of light and charged particles with solids, and STEM
    Hernan Makse:    Structure and dynamics of complex networks, Granular matter and jamming

    Alexander Punnoose: Quantum phase transitions: Two-dimensional metal-insulator transition; Time reversal symmetry breaking in strongly correlated electronic systems.  Spin-orbit effects in two-dimensional electron systems. Exactly solvable problems: Bethe Ansatz; quantum inverse scattering methods. Electron transport in biological systems.

    David Schmeltzer:    High Tc superconductors-Tunneling density of states. Quantum wires-The 0.7 conduction anomaly. theoretical condensed matter; many body physics