Condensed Matter Experiment
Condensed matter physics may be described as the search for simple, unifying explanations for complicated phenomena observed in liquids and solids. Advances in the field lead to universal concepts that govern the behavior of a large number of particles. Modern research embraces both "quantum" systems (the behavior of electrons in solids at low temperature) and "soft" condensed matter (liquid crystals, polymers, and biological structure are examples).
At Princeton, experimentalists are active in topological phases, novel superconductivity in organic metals, spin-liquids, quantum spin-textures, topological insulators, quantum magnetism in spin-chain materials, the physics of nanometer-scale structures, high-temperature superconductors, ferromagnetic oxides, charge and spin density wave compounds, mesoscopic properties of subnanometer wires, quantum control of single electron spins, quantum computing, the fractional quantum Hall effect and topological quantum Hall effect and spin-textures.
Research in experimental condensed matter physics spans the departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering through multiple collaborations and common grants.
Welcome to the Quantum Device Nanofabrication Lab (QDNL)
The QDNL is a shared user facility that is managed by the Princeton University Physics Department. The facility is located on the B-level of Jadwin Hall and consists of an ISO 5 rated cleanroom that houses state-of-the-art deposition, etching, and lithography tools. QDNL's mission is to support "high-end" nanofabrication processes requiring complex, multilayer lithography with high overlay accuracy. The lab's emphasis is on the design and fabrication of quantum devices, but users of other disciplines are also welcomed here.
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- M. Zahid Hasan: Fundamentals of Quantum Matter; Emergent phenomena and Many-body physics, Topological Order, Topo-Superconductors, Exotic/high Tc Superconductors, Kondo insulation, Frustrated electrons, Quantum Hall, Adv. Spectroscopic Methods, X-ray/Laser/Neutron/High Magnetic fields, CrystalGrowth/MBE/STM, DFT/First-Principles theory of topological matter.
- Jason Petta: Experimental condensed matter physics and mesoscopic quantum optics. Quantum control: coherent manipulation of electron spins, storage and retrieval of quantum information, coupling solid state to flying qubits.
- N. Phuan Ong: My current interests are in i) electronic states of graphene in intense magnetic fields; ii) transport properties of topological insulators based on bismuth compounds, and other semi-metals; iii) superconductivity; and iv) quorum sensing networks in bacteria.
- Ali Yazdani: Experimental condensed matter physics, Nanoscale and high precision measurements on correlated and low-dimensional electronic systems. Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy.
- Roberto Car (Chemistry) Electronic and atomistic properties of matter in condensed and molecular phases.
- Andrew Houck (Electrical Engineering) Quantum circuits, focusing on quantum computing and quantum simulation with microwave photons.
- Daniel C. Tsui: (Electrical Engineering, emeritus) Transport of super-mobile 2D electrons in Si; Two-dimensional metal-insulator transition.