Research Areas

Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed matter physics explores the exotic behaviors that emerge in a material or fluid when quantum particles within it interact. Exciting theoretical questions range from the origins of high-temperature superconductivity to properties of topological quantum materials and beyond. Many experimental efforts aim to validate these theoretical models, and condensed matter techniques have applications across many research areas and in many technologies.

Chicago Quantum Exchange researchers are studying the quantum states of condensed matter systems — such as superconductors, insulators, and semiconductors — from every angle. From theory-building and simulations to experimental and broad-scale application in devices, scientific understanding of these unique quantum materials is rapidly increasing. Scientists have been building theoretical tools and software that allow for better modeling of different quantum topological properties and new quantum states. Additionally, researchers are developing probes for improved experimental characterization of quantum materials through nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, and other techniques. By understanding both theoretically and experimentally the properties of quantum materials, scientists are helping to advance the development of tools and devices that can be applied to many fields in quantum sensing, information, and communications.