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Department of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

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Section Head: Professor Stewart Clark

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.

Materials Physics encompasses a huge range of science from technological advances such as the silicon chip and liquid crystal displays to fundamental understanding of phenomena such as superconductivity, advanced many-body quantum-mechanics and elementary spin-charge interactions.

We employ a wide variety of different experimental methods including optical, magnetic, electrical, microscopy, magnetic resonance and X-ray scattering measurements. Theoretical work, often in close collaboration with experiment, is a vital aspect of condensed matter physics and in Durham, studies include multi-scale computational modelling and theory from the level of the electrons to photonic microstructures. Experiments and computational simulations are supported by state of the art equipment based in the Department and elsewhere in the University, including femtosecond lasers, scanning probe microscopes, electron microscopes, SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) magnetometers, a range of cryostats (300 mK to 1000 K), horizontal and vertical magnets (up to 17 T) and a supercomputer cluster. Extensive use is made of international facilities including synchrotron radiation, neutron and muon sources, high field magnets and supercomputers.