Materials Physics is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic fields in modern physics, encompassing all aspects of the solid and liquids states of matter. This breadth is reflected in the research undertaken at Durham which spans a wide range of subjects from light emitting polymers and solar cell materials to nanoscale magnetics.
Another dimension: designing magnets to explore fundamental physics
A collaboration of scientists from the UK, Germany and the US have revealed the possibility of manipulating the number of dimensions of a material, in research published this week in Physical Review Letters. The work shows how it is possible to design magnetic materials which act as if they are made from two dimensional planes, one-dimensional chains or even zero-dimensional points. By making magnetic materials out of molecular building blocks - effectively nanoscale LEGO - the researchers have shown that it is possible to tune the number of dimensions of a system and that this strongly affects the properties of the materials.
(30 Apr 2014) » More about Designer Magnets
Centre for Materials Physics
The Centre for Materials Physics encompasses several research groups, covering a wide range of theoretical and experimental physics. These are divided into three main research themes:
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