Condensed Matter Theory Group
Department of Physics & Astronomy
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-9505
Hall of Science (HSCI), Room 262
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News of the group & department
The latest paper in Physical Review B (2016) offers a comprehensive comparative study of magnetic Josephson junctions and
the symmetries of the pair correlations involved. The analysis leads to classify magnetic heterostructures
and to classify 0-π transitions (reversal of the direction of the Josephson current) in superconducting-magnetic hybrid structures.
Congratulations to Luis Leal who finished his Master's thesis on Pair Correlations in Clean Hybrid Systems" and accepted a PhD position
at the University of Rochester.
Alberto Garcia joined the group for his Master's thesis in Fall 2016. He works on dynamical aspects of superconducting-magnetic hybrid structures.
Travis Thompson and Raphael Monroy joined Spring 2016 for a semester and summer project and are continuing the work on their respective projects
Travis works on the crystallization of solids and thin films, while Raphael's work is centered on studying the link between inhomogeneous magnetization and spin-orbit interaction.
We published a paper (2016) with former Master's student Thomas E. Baker on the effect of magnetic boundary conditions for the reversal of current
in a magnetic Josephson junction. See the publication list.
The Far West Section annual meeting of the American Physical Society is coming up at UC Davis!
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Condensed Matter Theory is the field of Physics in which we develop theoretical models and offer predictions that
can be tested experimentally to understand the properties of compounds found in the condensed form,
solids in particular. The challenge is to develop an understanding of systems that involve an enormous number of
particles (electrons and ions) and discuss how different states of matter (such as superconductivity,
metallic, insulating, magnetic, ferroelectric, etc.) arise and coexist.
Our group presently works along two main avenues:
1) Coexisting quantum phases in heterogeneous structures
: We aim at understanding hybrid nanostructures
where a superconductor is placed in proximity to an inhomogeneous magnetic material or other low-dimensional systems;
2) Crystallization of solids
: We develop a theory of the non-equilibrium grain distribution that affects their electronic, magnetic, and optical properties.
Students are invited to participate in the research and gain valuable hands-on experience that often
result in the publication of our results (
see our publication list.
Faculty members in theoretical physics are developing a
Computational Physics option.
Read more about our work