Condensed Matter Physics research at UQ spans experiment and theory; basic research and applications and works on systems ranging from biophysics to quantum matter.

Experimental condensed matter physics includes work in the Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (Namdas group) and Electronics and the Superconducting Quantum Devices Lab in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (Federov group).

Theoretical work is carried out in the groups of McCulloch, McKenzie and Powell. Topics studied include organic electronics, superconductivity, quantum magnetism, strongly correlated electrons, hydrogen bonding, chemical physics, and biophysics. We apply methods ranging from analytical theory to state-of-the-art computational methods, from electronic structure calculations to matrix product state methods. Much of our work is closely related to experiments, particularly in molecular materials.

We are currently recruiting an experimental physicist in this area - further details on the Physics job opportunity are here - closing date is 16 April 2017.

Available Projects

Suitable for:  Advanced undegraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  Spin liquids are exotic phases of matter where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order.  They are of particular interest because they may...

Ms Janet Seddon

Project:  Existing at temperatures near absolute zero, BECs are fragile creatures.  However, one can utilise minimally-destructive imaging techniques that tune off-resonance and measure the phase shift imparted on the light by the BEC.  This technique can enable...

Ms Janet Seddon

Tensor Networks provide a representation of a quantum many-body wave-function (or a classical partition function) that is suitable for computational methods, mainly for low-dimensional problems (1D and 2D). The most mature branch of tensor networks is known as Matrix Product States (MPS), also...

Dr Ian McCulloch
Organic solar cells differ from conventional (inorganic) ones in several ways. Most importantly, organic materials are disordered, meaning that charges tend to be localised and move by hopping---quite distinct from the band transport in...
Dr Ivan Kassal

The Hubbard model is the simplest possible model of systems of interacting electrons and is believed to describe the basic physics of many materials from high-temperature superconductors, to organic spin-liquids, to cold atoms in optical traps. Yet it has only been solved exactly in three...

Professor Ben Powell

To head of the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use electricity. Solar cells and OLEDs represent two sides of this coin (light...

Professor Ben Powell

High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics. In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one...

Professor Ben Powell
Ratios have provided fundamental new insights many phenomena. Ratios that take the same value in almost all situations are particularly useful as when they deviate from their usual value it is a clear signature that something interesting is happening. The...
Professor Ben Powell

Spin liquids are exotic phases of mater where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order. They are of particular interest because they may support deconfined ...

Professor Ben Powell

Photosynthetic organisms harvest light through large antenna complexes containing many chlorophyll molecules. Recent experiments have found that energy may be transported through antenna...

Dr Ivan Kassal

Hydrogen bonding plays a central and diverse role in materials physics, chemistry and biology. It is key to the unique properties of water, the double helix structure of DNA, and the precise...

Professor Ross McKenzie

This research project will create the next generation of advanced materials, and novel...

Dr Ebinazar Namdas

 

Modelling the behavior of correlated electrons in finite systems is at the heart of theoretical chemistry.  Many sophisticated techniques have been...

Dr Seth Olsen

 

This project involves using minimal physical Hamiltonian models to study the flow of energy and information associated with the dynamical breakdown of the Born...

Dr Seth Olsen

This goal of this project will be to understand factors mediating the efficiency and speed of photoconversion in spiropyran-merocyanine photoswitches.  These molecules are interesting because the switching process is reversible, and because the reactant and product forms have very...

Dr Seth Olsen

The goal of this project is to characterize the photoconversion of dithienylethenes, a class of photoswitchable molecules that are potential targets for light-controlled organic electronic devices (see attached picture).  These molecules are interesting because the photoswitching process is...

Dr Seth Olsen

Organic solar cells have attracted significant commercial interest because of their desirable properties. These solar cells can be made easily, possibly cheaply, are light weight and can be made onto flexible substrates. Already, organic solar cells have been appearing in ‘niche’...

Dr Kwan H. Lee

Plastic or “organic” electronics are widely viewed as being the key to next generation, low cost,...

Dr Ebinazar Namdas

Lasers have many applications in all of the branches of science and technology -- they can weld...

Dr Ebinazar Namdas

Organic materials are widely viewed as having enormous potential as next generation high tech materials in applications such as low cost solar cells light emitting diodes and displays chemi-sensors and electronic switching elements such as field effect transistors. The Centre for Organic...

Professor Paul Meredith

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