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Condensed Matter Physics

Our experimental Condensed Matter Physics groups study emergent phenomena in complex systems with sizes ranging from the atomic to the macroscopic.
What we do

Condensed Matter Physics addresses cooperative phenomena involving large numbers of interacting particles. As well as studying the properties of ordered (crystalline) and disordered (amorphous) solids, our work extends its scope to liquids, surfaces, clusters, and biological materials and organisms.

Our activities are multidisciplinary in character. As well as collaborations between Groups, we work with other physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, and biologists here at Warwick and throughout the world.

Postgraduate research: Around 15 PhD students and MSc by Research students start in the CMP group each year. Details of available projects are announced in November. More details
Meet the Groups

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics research here in the Physics Department spans many different topics. The activities of each Group are described below. Please follow the links below to the individual academic and Group web pages to learn more.


Diamond
 
Diamond has been valued for its appearance and mechanical properties for over 2000 years. Today, diamond can be synthesised with exceptional control of the purity, perfection and doping. We focus on identifying, engineering and exploiting the defects which control the extreme properties and delivering diamond enabled solutions to problems as diverse as water quality monitoring and quantum computing.
     
EPR
 
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) is a spectroscopic method used to study materials and molecules with unpaired electrons. EPR crosses several disciplines including: chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science. We have spectrometers operating between 9 & 400 GHz, and can exploit all the modern EPR techniques. Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation (DNP) is a hybrid EPR/NMR technique exploiting the exceptional sensitivity of the EPR to extend the reach of NMR. We have DNP systems at 3.3, 7, and 14 T.
     
Ferroelectric
ThomasLink opens in a new window, GlazerLink opens in a new window.
 
Our work focusses on the fundamental physics of ferroelectric crystals, including lead-free piezoelectrics, non-linear optical crystals with tailored periodic domains, and novel multiferroic fluorides. We work to understand the physical properties and phase transitions from the basis of structure, combining synchrotron and lab-based high-resolution X-ray diffraction, diffuse scattering and imaging, dielectric and optical measurements, neutron diffraction and NMR.
     

Functional Electronic MaterialsLink opens in a new window

Functional Materials

AlexeLink opens in a new window
  Our research addresses functional oxide materials for future information technology and energy harvesting. We pay a particular effort in understanding the fundamental physics of multiferroic tunnel junctions, abnormal photovoltaic effect and topological entities, such as domain walls and vortices, in perovskite oxides. We also explore interface coupling between dissimilar electronic materials with ferroelectric, magnetic, superconducting, topological, and other functional properties to create novel multifunctional structures.
     
ESRF
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Magnetic materials of fundamental interest and with technological applications are studied using x-ray and neutron scattering at large scale facilities. We make particular use of magnetic Compton scattering, the inelastic scattering of x-rays from spin polarised electrons, is used to measure spin densities and determine spin moments. We also study the phase behaviour of fluids confined in nanometre sized pores.
     
Microscopy
BeanlandLink opens in a new window, Robertson, SanchezLink opens in a new window, SloanLink opens in a new window, WangLink opens in a new window, WilsonLink opens in a new window.
 
Our work examines the nanoscale structure of advanced materials and its effect on their functional properties, with emphasis on organic and inorganic semiconductors, functional ceramics, molecular electronic systems, nanocarbon and nanotubes. We also perform electron, optical, and scanned probe microscopy technique development, including aberration corrected TEM.
     
Nanosilicon
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The Group maintains the UK's only academic facility for Group IV semiconductor epitaxy to make silicon-based electronic, photonic, spintronic and photovoltaic devices. We are developing methods for electronic refrigeration in the mK regime. We also perform comprehensive structural and electronic characterisation of materials and devices, and the grow SiC materials for power electronics.
     

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Radiation Dense materials GroupMarshallLink opens in a new window

  The Group works on a variety of radiation dense materials with a focus on the borides and carbides of tungsten. Research themes cover a range of topics from fundamental characterization of radiation response through to processability of radiation dense materials for use as compact radiation shielding.
 
Soft Matter
KantslerLink opens in a new window, PolinLink opens in a new window (Theory: AlexanderLink opens in a new window, BallLink opens in a new window, TurnerLink opens in a new window).
 
This activity consists of two groups with a joint wetlab and microscopy laboratory. We have strong links with the Condensed Matter Theory Group in Physics, as well as emerging connections with other Departments and DTCs within the University (e.g. Life Sciences, Engineering, Systems Biology) and beyond.
     

Solid State NMRLink opens in a new window

MR
 
The Centre for Magnetic Resonance, in Millburn House, is unrivalled within the UK. There are 13 superconducting magnets for performing NMR, ranging from 850 MHz (proton Larmor frequency) to 100 MHz for solid-state NMR, 700 and 600 MHz solution-state NMR. Research interests encompass multinuclear solid-state NMR methodology and application to materials science, chemistry, life sciences and physics.
     

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Surfaces
 
Crystal surfaces are studied by electron, photon and ion scattering techniques (XPS, UPS, HREELS, CAICISS, LEED, etc.), supported by total energy calculations. We also carry out the epitaxial growth of III-V semiconductors, including nitrides, antimonides, and magnetic semiconductors. The interdisciplinary nature of this field covers both physical and chemical aspects of the topic as well as impinging on materials science.
     

Superconductivity & MagnetismLink opens in a new window

Spin Ice and monopoles
 
We study highly correlated electron systems including magnetic and exotic superconductors, intermetallic heavy fermions, topological insulators, and frustrated magnets, grown as single crystals and studied by a range of techniques. We make extensive use of neutron and muon sources worldwide, high magnetic field facilities, as well as in-house magnetometry, transport and ESR measurements.
     
Ultrafast Photonics
 
  • We study the ultrafast dynamics of the light-matter interaction in novel compounds and nanomaterials via terahertz spectroscopy and ultrafast pump-probe methods.
  • We use terahertz imaging and spectroscopy in biomedical studies of skin cancer, moisturisers.
  • We develop methods and components for terahertz imaging and terahertz spectroscopy.
     
Ultrasound
 
  • Non-contact ultrasound methods developed for material evaluation and testing - crystallographic texture determination in metals through to the high speed inspection of rail track.
  • Fundamental studies of elastic constants in highly correlated materials such as frustrated and single molecule magnets.
     

Why Condensed Matter Physics?

Condensed Matter Physics
This fundamental research area has enormous economic & societal impact.  Our approach is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative.

Events

Condensed Matter Physics SeminarsLink opens in a new window

Joining us

Please look for postdoctoral and other job vacancies via jobs.ac.ukLink opens in a new window or our individual group pages.
Warwick graduates 2016 
Thinking about studying for a PhD or MSc in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics?
You are encouraged to contact us directly or follow the link below.
You may also be interested in one of our Centres for Doctoral Training

Warwick Research Facilities

MAS building
Research Technology Platforms
Shared facilities
Research Centres

External Facilities

Neutrons & Muons

Insitute Laue LangevinLink opens in a new window, Grenoble.

ISIS RALLink opens in a new window

ESSLink opens in a new window, Lund, Sweden.

Paul Scherrer InsituteLink opens in a new window, Switzerland.

X-rays & Light

Diamond Light SourceLink opens in a new window

ESRFLink opens in a new window, Grenoble.

MAX-IVLink opens in a new window, Lund.

SPring-8Link opens in a new window, Japan.

High Magnetic Fields

High Field Magnet LaboratoryLink opens in a new window, Radbout University, Nijmegen.

Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques IntensesLink opens in a new window, Grenoble.

National High Field Magnet LaboratoryLink opens in a new window, USA.