Condensed Matter

Condensed matter physics is concerned with understanding and predicting physical phenomena that occur in materials with relatively large atomic density.   The large density of atoms in these materials leads to exciting many-body effects such as superfluidity, superconductivity, metal-insulator phase transitions, and exotic forms of magnetism.  At Binghamton, students have the opportunity to explore Bose condensation in semiconducting systems, the behavior of complicated molecules such as DNA in microfluidic channels, the physics of transport phenomena in nanostructured materials, exotic forms of magnetic materials, nucleation and growth phenomena in condensed matter systems, the physics of quantum phase transitions, and the search for exotic particles in many body systems.


  • P. Aynajian: Emerging quantum states of matter, Correlated superconductivity, Scanning tunneling spectroscopy

  • E. Cotts: atomic transport in thin film metal systems and in liquid systems, with particular emphasis on materials for electronics packaging

  • J. Jang: optical and electronic properties of semiconductors, excitonic matter, and nonlinear optical responses of polymers

  • S. Levy: single-molecule investigations of DNA and applications of nanofluidic technology to biological analysis

  • J. Mativetsky: nanoscale structure and electrical function in organic materials for solar cells

  • L. Piper: electronic properties of novel materials, like complex metal oxides, by x-ray spectroscopy

  • M. Suzuki: properties of semimetals, graphite intercalation compounds, high-Tc superconductors and low-dimensional magnetic systems

  • S. Venugopalan: spectroscopic studies of semiconductors, solid state superlattices, magnetic materials and liquid crystals
  • B. White: carrier transport and lattice vibrations in nanostructures


  • A. Kolmogorov: ab initio modeling of superconductors, catalysts, batteries, etc., and development of numerical algorithms for materials prediction

  • M. Lawler: strongly interacting particles in frustrated quantum mechanical and quantum liquid crystal systems

  • R. Margine: development and application of cutting-edge computational methods for description and rational design of emerging materials
  • W.C. Lee: developing theories closely related to experiments, either by building appropriate models to explain intriguing experimental observations, or by designing experimentally feasible systems to realize novel phenomena

Last Updated: 11/24/14