Condensed Matter Theory Group
Andreas Bill, Professor
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
Congratulations to George Wang who finished his Master's degree in Summer 2015 and joins the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (NM) to do his PhD.
Congratulations to Luis Leal and Brendan Chan! Luis obtained a summer Research Assistant scholarship from ORSP and Brendan Chan
received a summer research fellowship from the department of Physics & Astronomy for the summer 2015.
We welcome Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal as our new faculty member in Experimental Physics for the Fall 2015!
Brendan Chan and Vlad Larionov join the group in Summer 2015. Jaylen Wimbish and Raphael Monroy also join for a summer project in 2015.
A. Bill mourns the loss of his Ph.D. advisor, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. h.c. Ernst Sigmund. A bright physicist who with Vladimir Hizhniakov
were among the very first (in 1988) to predict that electronic inhomogeneities and stripes play a major role in the Physics of high temperature superconductors.
Ernst Sigmund later became president (1996-2006) of the youngest german University in Cottbus (Brandenburg), and founded a company in 2003 that produces
Wankel motors (Wankel SuperTech GmbH). He passed away February 23, 2015 at the age of 69. I will miss his wit, generous and always surprising
points of views. See the obituary in Physik Journal, April 2015, p. 53 (pdf)
A. Bill elected for the chair line of the Far West Section of the American Physical Society (APS) to start in 2015.
APS Bridge Site The department became the fourth APS Bridge site in the US.
Read the article in Physics Today. The program intends at promoting
qualified students from underrepresented groups in Physics to bridge from our Master's program to a PhD and be successful in it.
This effort is led by A. Bill, C.Kwon, G. Pickett (PIs & Co-PIs).
Luis Leal joins the group in Summer 2014.
Two new publications on magnetic Josephson junctions (see publication list). The publication in New Journal of Physics
also has a short abstract video. Check it out!
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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