Theoretical Condensed Matter and Surface Science

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Condensed matter theory inevitably involves systems having a very large number (1023) of stronly interactive particles. The main task in describing such complex systems is to extract some basic underlying features that control a variety of different behaviors in these systems. Understandably, the theory leads in many different directions.


Some Recent Student Research Projects:

  • Quantum ballistic transport in electronic nanostructures
  • Electronic structure and dielectric function of semiconductor superlattice system
  • Electronic states and collective modes of in-plate modulated heterojunction layers
  • Bose-Einstein condensation in polarized excitonic systems
  • Many-body semi-clasical potentials to describe surface atomic deposition dynameics and energies.
  • Studies of structure and doping of tetrahedral amorphous carbon.
  • Modeling of amorphous carbon surfaces.
  • Calculations of electronic and vibrational state densities for very large fullerenes.
  • Methodological development of quantum "order-N" methods; projection methods for computation of Wannier functions without eigenstates.
  • Studies of structure, vibrations and photo-induced instability in glassy chalcogenides.
  • Studies of the Anderson transition in amorphous column IV materials: Qualitative theory of localization.
  • Electron and thermal transport approached from density functional theory.
  • Photo-induced structural changes and athermal photo-melting in glasses.
Associated Faculty: Drabold, Ulloa

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