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An introduction to theoretical condensed matter physics

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Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
1 Keble Road
Oxford, OX1 3NP
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Research areas

J L Cardy: Quantum entangled and disordered systems, aspects of noise in biological systems.

  • Measures of quantum entanglement in condensed matter
  • Time evolution of low-temperature quantum systems
  • Solvable models of quantum disorder
  • The clathrin pathway in endocytosis
  • Diseases with very long incubation periods
  • J T Chalker: Coherence, correlations and disorder in quantum and classical systems.

  • Geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets
  • Mesoscopic conductors and nanostructures
  • Quantum Hall systems
  • F Essler: Low-dimensional strongly correlated quantum systems.

  • Correlated Electron Systems
  • Quasi one dimensional Quantum Magnets
  • Quasi one dimensional Mott Insulators
  • Integrable Models
  • Frustrated Quantum Magnets Stripes
  • Classical Nonequilibrium Dynamics
  • Prof P Fendley: Statistical mechanics of strongly correlated systems

  • Statistical mechanics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Mathematical physics
  • R Golestanian: Soft and Biological Matter

  • Active Hydrodynamics
  • Microswimmers
  • Casimir Effect
  • DNA Elasticity
  • D E Logan (Department of Chemistry): Strongly correlated systems: Kondo physics versus internal degrees of freedom.

    A A Louis: Soft and biological systems.

  • Colloids
  • Self-assembly
  • Protein Crystallisation
  • Nuclear Pore Complex
  • R Moessner: Constraints, correlations and topology in condensed matter and statistical physics.

  • Geometrically frustrated magnets
  • Quantum phase transitions
  • Gauge theories
  • New and exotic type of order
  • Magnetic nanoarrays
  • Quantum Hall physics
  • D Sherrington: Statistical (and some quantum) physics of complex systems.

  • Spin glasses and quenched disordered complex systems
  • Glassiness without imposed quenched disorder
  • Game theory, decision making and econophysics
  • R B Stinchcombe: Driven quantum systems and low dimensional strongly correlated quantum systems.

  • Nonequilibrium collective behaviour
  • Driven diffusive systems
  • Complex systems with quenched disorder and frustration
  • J M Yeomans: Soft and Biological Matter.

  • Liquid crystals
  • Droplet Dynamics
  • Dynamics of Biosystems
  • Granular Segregation
  • Closely related and collaborative research is undertaken in Theoretical Chemistry by D E Logan, W Barford and J Doye.

    See also our entry in the departmental research booklet.

    Recent Research

    Schramm-Louewner Evolution for the Potts model
    Triangular CsCuCl
    Dipolar Nanoarray
    Low Reynolds number swimmers