- About
- Research
- People
- Events
- Join us
- Impact
- Intranet

# Theory of Condensed Matter

Theoretical Condensed Matter physics is about building models of physical processes, often driven by experimental data, generalising the solutions of those models to make experimental predictions, and transferring the concepts gained into other areas of research. Theory plays an important role in understanding known phenomena and in predicting new ones.

With over seventy members, the TCM Group is one of the largest research Groups in the Cavendish Laboratory, and the largest university Condensed Matter Theory group in the country. Able to trace its history back for over sixty years, it has been home to many leading theoreticians.

Starting at the first principles microscopic level - with the Schrödinger equation - many properties of materials can now be calculated with a high degree of accuracy. We work on refining and developing new calculational tools and applying them to problems in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology.

Solids often show unusual collective behaviour resulting from cooperative quantum or classical phenomena. For this type of physics a more model-based approach is appropriate, and we are using such methods to attack problems in magnetism, superconductivity, nonlinear optics, mesoscopic systems, polymers, and colloids.

Collective behaviour comes even more to the fore in systems on a larger scale. As examples, we work on self-organising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, non-linear dynamics of interacting systems, the observer in quantum mechanics, and models of biophysical processes, from the molecular scale up to neural systems.

The new academic year sees TCM welcoming many new members. We extend a particular welcome to Dr Benjamin Béri, who joins us from Birmingham University to take up a joint lectureship between Physics and DAMTP. We also welcome Drs Matteo Brunelli and Tom Hiscock as postdocs, Profs David Bowler and Claudio Chamon as sabbatical visitors, and over a dozen new PhD students.

We wish all our new members a pleasant and productive time in the Group.

News archive(Click the above tab to reload the Seminars list.)

More seminars- Stopping power beyond the adiabatic approximation Scientific Reports 7 2618 (2017)
- Design of a nickel-base superalloy using a neural network Mater. Des. 131 358 - 365 (2017)
- Emergence and universality in the regulation of stem cell fate Curr. Opin. Syst. Biol. 5 57 - 62 (2017)
- A Unifying Theory of Branching Morphogenesis Cell 171 242 - 255 (2017)
- Nonreciprocal reconfigurable microwave optomechanical circuit. Nat Commun 8 604 (2017)
- Uncovering nonperturbative dynamics of the biased sub-Ohmic spin-boson model with variational matrix product states Phys. Rev. B 96 (2017)
- Fate mapping of human glioblastoma reveals an invariant stem cell hierarchy Nature 549 227 - 232 (2017)
- Hydrogen Clathrate Structures in Rare Earth Hydrides at High Pressures: Possible Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 107001 (2017)
- Stochastic Kuramoto oscillators with discrete phase states Phys. Rev. E 96 032201 (2017)
- Analytical Spectral Density of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev Model at finite N Phys. Rev. D 96 066012 (2017)
- Effective-range dependence of two-dimensional Fermi gases Phys. Rev. A 96 023619 (2017)
- Multipotent Basal Stem Cells, Maintained in Localized Proximal Niches, Support Directed Long-Ranging Epithelial Flows in Human Prostates. Cell Rep. 20 1609 - 1622 (2017)
- Particle-Hole Symmetry in the Fermion-Chern-Simons and Dirac Descriptions of a Half-Filled Landau Level Phys. Rev. X 7 031029 (2017)
- Computationally-guided optimization of small-molecule inhibitors of the Aurora A kinase-TPX2 protein-protein interaction. Chemical Communications (2017)
- Using forces to accelerate first-principles anharmonic vibrational calculations Physical Review Materials 1 023801 (2017)
- Structural properties of genotype-phenotype maps. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 14 20170275 (2017)
- Disorder-Free Localization. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 266601 (2017)
- Persistent currents in ferromagnetic condensates Phys. Rev. B 95 224512 (2017)
- Quantum Synchronization Blockade: Energy Quantization Hinders Synchronization of Identical Oscillators Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 243602 (2017)
- Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of the Stability of True MOF Polymorphs Explains Their Mechanochemical Interconversions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 7952 - 7957 (2017)

Theoretical Condensed Matter physics is about building models of physical processes, often driven by experimental data, generalising the solutions of those models to make experimental predictions, and transferring the concepts gained into other areas of research. Theory plays an important role in understanding known phenomena and in predicting new ones.

With over seventy members, the TCM Group is one of the largest research Groups in the Cavendish Laboratory, and the largest university Condensed Matter Theory group in the country. Able to trace its history back for over sixty years, it has been home to many leading theoreticians.

Starting at the first principles microscopic level - with the Schrödinger equation - many properties of materials can now be calculated with a high degree of accuracy. We work on refining and developing new calculational tools and applying them to problems in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology.

Solids often show unusual collective behaviour resulting from cooperative quantum or classical phenomena. For this type of physics a more model-based approach is appropriate, and we are using such methods to attack problems in magnetism, superconductivity, nonlinear optics, mesoscopic systems, polymers, and colloids.

Collective behaviour comes even more to the fore in systems on a larger scale. As examples, we work on self-organising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, non-linear dynamics of interacting systems, the observer in quantum mechanics, and models of biophysical processes, from the molecular scale up to neural systems.

## News

The new academic year sees TCM welcoming many new members. We extend a particular welcome to Dr Benjamin Béri, who joins us from Birmingham University to take up a joint lectureship between Physics and DAMTP. We also welcome Drs Matteo Brunelli and Tom Hiscock as postdocs, Profs David Bowler and Claudio Chamon as sabbatical visitors, and over a dozen new PhD students.

We wish all our new members a pleasant and productive time in the Group.

## Recent Publications

- Stopping power beyond the adiabatic approximation Scientific Reports 7 2618 (2017)
- Design of a nickel-base superalloy using a neural network Mater. Des. 131 358 - 365 (2017)
- Emergence and universality in the regulation of stem cell fate Curr. Opin. Syst. Biol. 5 57 - 62 (2017)
- A Unifying Theory of Branching Morphogenesis Cell 171 242 - 255 (2017)
- Nonreciprocal reconfigurable microwave optomechanical circuit. Nat Commun 8 604 (2017)
- Uncovering nonperturbative dynamics of the biased sub-Ohmic spin-boson model with variational matrix product states Phys. Rev. B 96 (2017)
- Fate mapping of human glioblastoma reveals an invariant stem cell hierarchy Nature 549 227 - 232 (2017)
- Hydrogen Clathrate Structures in Rare Earth Hydrides at High Pressures: Possible Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 107001 (2017)
- Stochastic Kuramoto oscillators with discrete phase states Phys. Rev. E 96 032201 (2017)
- Analytical Spectral Density of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev Model at finite N Phys. Rev. D 96 066012 (2017)
- Effective-range dependence of two-dimensional Fermi gases Phys. Rev. A 96 023619 (2017)
- Multipotent Basal Stem Cells, Maintained in Localized Proximal Niches, Support Directed Long-Ranging Epithelial Flows in Human Prostates. Cell Rep. 20 1609 - 1622 (2017)
- Particle-Hole Symmetry in the Fermion-Chern-Simons and Dirac Descriptions of a Half-Filled Landau Level Phys. Rev. X 7 031029 (2017)
- Computationally-guided optimization of small-molecule inhibitors of the Aurora A kinase-TPX2 protein-protein interaction. Chemical Communications (2017)
- Using forces to accelerate first-principles anharmonic vibrational calculations Physical Review Materials 1 023801 (2017)
- Structural properties of genotype-phenotype maps. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 14 20170275 (2017)
- Disorder-Free Localization. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 266601 (2017)
- Persistent currents in ferromagnetic condensates Phys. Rev. B 95 224512 (2017)
- Quantum Synchronization Blockade: Energy Quantization Hinders Synchronization of Identical Oscillators Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 243602 (2017)
- Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of the Stability of True MOF Polymorphs Explains Their Mechanochemical Interconversions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 7952 - 7957 (2017)