Condensed Matter Physics


Superconductivity, magnetism, and optical properties are just a few of the topics pursued within CMP, where research aims at the discovery, understanding and control of materials and their physical properties by experimental, computational and/or theoretical means. At Iowa State the large CMP program encourages extensive collaborations so that discoveries of new materials or properties are quickly and exhaustively investigated via extensive experimental and theoretical tools and lively discussions. Investigations may involve travel or collaboration to use specialized national or international facilities. The research often yields new insights to understand, enhance or control physical properties, which may lead to fundamental new knowledge and to new materials, products or tools.

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Much of our research is conducted within Ames Laboratory's Division of Materials Science and Engineering.


Laser spectroscope

Quantum Materials Experiment

Theory for strongly correlated quantum materials

Condensed Matter Theory


Nanoscience Experiment and Theory