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Condensed Matter

Dai 01

Du 01

Pengcheng Dai

Professor

 

Rui-Rui Du

Professor

 

Matthew Foster

Assistant Professor

 

Naomi Halas

Professor (Joint Appointment)

 

Junichiro Kono

Professor (Joint Appointment)

 

Morosan 01

Natleson 01

Nevidomskyy 01

Nordlander 01

Emilia Morosan

Professor 

 

Doug Natelson

 Professor

Department Chair

 

Andriy Nevidomskyy

 Assistant Professor

 

Peter Nordlander

Professor

 

Rau 01

Si 01

Si 01

Carl Rau

Professor

 

Gustavo E. Scuseria

Professor (Joint Appointment)

 

Qimiao Si

Professor

 

Peter Wolynes

Professor (Joint Appointment) 

 

Condensed Matter Links

Rice Center for Quantum Materials

 2014 Quantum Materials - Perspectives and Opportunities The Rice Center for Quantum Materials Launch

2014 Workshop on Strong Correlations and Unconventional Superconductivity

2015 Joint ICQM-RCQM Meeting    

 2015 Quantum Criticality Symposium

  2015 Workshop on Strongly Correlated Materials

 2016 Workshop on Interacting Quantum Systems Driven Out of Equilibrium

 2016 Workshop on Frontiers of Quantum Materials

 

Primary Current Research Efforts of Rice CMP Faculty


Pengcheng Dai

Neutron scattering studies of correlated electron materials including high-transition temperature superconductors and heavy Fermions

Rui-Rui Du

Millikelvin experiments in quantum Hall topological phases

Quantum transport and imaging of non equilibrium 2d electrons

Matthew Foster

Anderson localization and metal-insulator transitions

Dirac materials including graphene, topological insulators and superconductors

Non-equilibrium quantum dynamics

Junichiro Kono

Spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes

Optics of Excitons in High Magnetic Fields

Terahertz Dynamics in Low-Dimensional Systems


Emilia Morosan

Heavy fermion materials and quantum phase transitions

Novel electronic and magnetic materials

Doug Natleson

Single-molecule electronics

Organic semiconductors

Single-molecule sensing

Andriy Nevidomskyy

Strongly correlated electron systems, Kondo lattices

ab initio calculations of d- and f-electron materials

Complex metal borohydrides as prospective materials for hydrogen storage

Peter Nordlander

Theoretical nanophotonics

Applications of plasmonics and nanphotonics

Carl Rau

Magnetic nanstructures

Qimiao Si

Quantum criticality and non-Fermi liquid behavior in strongly correlated systems

High temperature superconductivity, especially spin dynamics

Links above have complete descriptions of ongoing research programs

Examples of CMP research at Rice:

 
An illustration of local quantum criticality. The traditional theory of phase transitions distinguishes the phases of matter by an order parameter -- a classical variable -- and describes criticality in terms of order-parameter fluctuations. This Landau paradigm may fail for a quantum phase transition, which occurs at absolute zero temperature when a non-thermal parameter (delta) is tuned. The local quantum criticality, developed in the context of antiferromagnetic quantum critical points of heavy fermion metals, is inherently quantum-mechanical. It involves a breakdown of the Kondo screening effect, which leads to a jump in the Fermi surface and the vanishing of multiple energy scales at the onset of magnetic ordering.          
 
Nanoscale gaps for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. (A) Micrograph of nanoscale Au constrictions. (B) Close-up. A nanometer-scale gap has been made between left and right electrodes, which is a focal point for plasmon enhanced electric fields when illuminated. (C) Raman image of silicon substrate, showing Au pads. (D) Raman emission from molecules on the Au electrodes, localized to the nanoscale gap. Similar structures can be used for sensing and examining the interplay between current flow and vibrational effects in single molecules.