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Condensed Matter Physics Research

Alexander Abanov

I am working in theoretical condensed matter physics. My main interests lie in the field of strongly correlated electron systems.

Strongly Correlated Electrons

Philip B. Allen

My specialty is condensed matter theory. Research interests have included superconducting transition temperature, resistivity of metals, heat transport in crystals and glasses, polarons, metal/insulator transitions, and properties of nanosystems.  A current interest is going beyond Boltzmann theory for heat transport in insulators.

Condensed Matter and Nano Theory

Dmitri Averin

Mesoscopic Physics

Jennifer Cano

I study topological phases of matter. This can range from strongly correlated phases, such as the quantum Hall effect, to uncorrelated topological band structures. I am interested in classification, measurement, and materials discovery.

Topological Materials Theory

Matthew Dawber

Matt Dawber's group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University is focused on the growth, characterization and understanding of ferroelectric materials and other oxides. Besides a general interest in ferroelectric materials the focus in this lab is on producing superlattice materials where interfacial coupling gives rise to either enhanced or totally new behaviour.

Nano-Engineered Ferroelectrics

Cyrus Dreyer

The Dreyer group develops and implements first-principles techniques based on density functional theory to determine the properties of electronic materials. Our approach is to combine basic theories of condensed matter and materials physics with modern first-principles implementations. This often involves developing methods to extract new parameters or properties from such calculations.

Electronic Structure Theory

Xu Du

The study of 2-dimensional atomic crystals (2DACs) flourished over the past decade, from graphene to a plethora of layered semiconductors, insulators, superconductors and topological materials. The freedom of obtaining and overlaying different atomic crystals opens the possibility of creating heterostructures which are difficult to be achieved using the conventional growth techniques. Our lab studies the charge transport properties of 2DACs in their nanodevices.

Quantum Transport and Low Dimensional Materials

Marivi Fernandez-Serra

Dr. Fernandez-Serra's group develops and applies methods to study the atomic and electronic dynamics of complex materials. One of the main research areas is the study of fundamental properties of liquid water using quantum mechanical simulations. They also apply their methods to study the interface between water and functional elements such as electrodes, photocatalytic semiconductors and graphene.

Electronic Structure Theory

Vladimir J. Goldman


Dmitri Kharzeev

My research interests focus on the theory of strong interactions and the physics of quantum matter. I am particularly interested in high energy nuclear physics and the transport in chiral matter, including the quark-gluon plasma, 2D crystals and Dirac/Weyl semimetals. One of the projects that I am most excited about is the Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME). CME refers to the generation of electric current induced by chirality imbalance in the presence of magnetic field.

Chiral Materials

Qiang Li

We are interested in physics and applications of quantum materials in energy, and quantum information science and technology. We grow single crystals and epitaxial films of superconductors and topological materials. We use quantum transport measurements, time-resolved electron spectroscopic techniques, and theoretical modeling to explore quantum states of matter. For applications. we develop scalable methods to optimize performance of materials used in superconducting and thermoelectric devices.

Superconductivity, Quantum and Energy Materials

Konstantin Likharev

During his research career, Dr. Likharev worked in the fields of nonlinear classical and dissipative quantum dynamics, and solid-state physics and electronics, notably including superconductor electronics and nanoelectronics. His current research interests are focused on the nanoelectronic implementation of high-performance neuromorphic networks.


Mengkun Liu

 Ultrafast spectroscopy is an important tool to interrogate complex materials as it can access the fundamental time scales of electron/lattice motion and at the same time monitor/perturb the relevant energy excitation. Our recent work demonstrated electron-regulated nanoscale polymorphic transitions in silk proteins revealed by near-field infrared imaging and nano-spectroscopy at resolutions approaching the molecular level.

Ultrafast and Nano-spectroscopy

Emilio Mendez

Mendez's research at IBM involved finding ways to make faster transistors and computer chips, as well as more efficient lasers. Currently, he is studying, among other materials, carbon nanotubes, cylindrical carbon molecules with novel properties that may enhance future electronic and optical devices.

Energy and Photon Sciences

Laszlo Mihaly

 My research exerience is in infrared spectroscopy, electron spin resonance, electrical transport measurements and materials preparation. The main research goal is the understanding the nature and consequences of the electron correlations in solids.

Electron Correlations in Solids

Vasili Semenov

Superconductor Electronics

Peter W. Stephens

My research interests have centered around crystallography, a very powerful technique for determining the atomic structure of almost anything, from minerals to enzymes. Often a newly synthesized material is only available as a powder, which makes structural analysis a good deal trickier. But quickly learning the atomic structure is key to understanding interesting properties such as superconductivity, magnetism, or drug action.

X-Ray Diffraction

Condensed Matter Seminars

The Center for Quantum Materials (CQM) Distinguished Lecture series was established in the Fall of 2015 to bring the renowned experts in the physics of quantum matter to Stony Brook University.

The lectures in this series will attract a broad audience of physicists from SBU and BNL, and SBU graduate students.