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Condensed Matter Physics

Superconductivity, magnetism, and optical properties are just a few of the topics pursued within CMP, where research aims at the discovery, understanding and control of materials and their physical properties by experimental, computational and/or theoretical means. At Iowa State the large CMP program encourages extensive collaborations so that discoveries of new materials or properties are quickly and exhaustively investigated via extensive experimental and theoretical tools and lively discussions. Investigations may involve travel or collaboration to use specialized national or international facilities. The research often yields new insights to understand, enhance or control physical properties, which may lead to fundamental new knowledge and to new materials, products or tools.

Most of our research is conducted within Ames Laboratory's Division of Materials Science and Engineering.

Groups within CMP:

Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy

We use optical and electron spectroscopies to study electronic properties of strongly correlated materials. Those include high temperature superconductors, novel conventional superconductors and heavy fermion systems. They are not only technologically relevant, but also display range of fascinating physical properties.  Our goal is to understand how the electronic excitations give rise to these highly unusual properties.

Adam Kaminski
Rajendra Dhaka
Rui Jiang 


Novel Materials and Ground States

Design, discovery, growth and characterization of novel materials - often in single crystal form - and study of their interesting physical properties.

Paul C. Canfield, Group Leader



New Materials Group

Synthesis, characterization and physical property measurements of polycrystalline and single crystal samples of materials with interesting properties and ground states, including cuprate and FeAs- based high temperature superconductors and related materials, low- dimensional magnetic insulators, and d-electron heavy fermion compounds.

David C. Johnston
Yogesh Singh
Ramesh Nath
Supriyo Das
Kyle McFadden

Superconductivity & Magnetism Low-temperature Laboratory

Development and application of advanced electromagnetic and thermodynamic measurements for studies of superconductivity, magnetism, and their coexistence in novel materials at low temperatures.

Ruslan Prozorov (web: personal, AmesLab)
Makariy A. Tanatar (web: AmesLab)

postdoctoral researcher:
Kyuil Cho

Thomas Knief
Bingzhe Zhao

Hyunsoo Kim
Eric Blomberg
Steven Yeninas
Charles Strehlow
Jason Murphy

graduate student position available

Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Light Localization

Development of a theoretical understanding of the properties of disordered systems, photonic crystals, metamaterials, left-handed materials, random lasers, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors.

Costas M. Soukoulis
Thomas Koschny
Lei Zhang
Durdu Guney
Phillipe Tassin
Nian-Hai Shen

Weitao Dai
Anan Fang
Bingnan Wang
Rongkuo Zhao

Theory for strongly correlated quantum systems

Heavy fermions, quantum magnetism and unconventional superconductivity

Rebecca Flint

Theory, Magnetism, and Electronic Structure

The investigation of the underlying quantum mechanical mechanisms giving rise to important and unusual structural, magnetic, electronic or optical properties of materials. Recent investigations have involved phase transitions, phonons, magnetism, and superconductivity.

Bruce Harmon
Yongbin Lee
Steve Hahn

Low temperature and high pressure NMR Lab.

Microscopic characterization of magnetic and electronic properties of strongly correlated electron systems (low dimensional quantum spin system, nanoscale molecular magnets, Fe-based superconductors and related materials) by using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technique at very low temperatures (down to 50 mK) and high pressure (up to 25 kbar).

Yuji Furukawa
Panchanan Khuntia

Jinfang Cui

Beas Roy

Paul Wiecki

Neutron and X-ray Scattering Group

The group is dedicated to the use of neutron and x-ray scattering for the study of condensed matter physics and materials science.

Alan I. Goldman
Andreas Kreyssig
David Vaknin


Ultrafast Quantum Materials Laboratory

Laser spectroscopy, broadband and ultrafast optics

Jigang Wang Tianqi Li
Liang Luo
Aaron Patz
Xu Yang

Nanostructure growth on surfaces

This project focuses on low dimensional nanoscale structures (graphene, metals on graphene, ultrathin metallic films, nano islands, nanowires, etc.). The physics of the nanoscale is very different from bulk physics. We are finding ways to control the dimensions of the nanostructures (height, area, shapes etc ); this allows to control  their electronic structure and properties from their geometry. The image shows how we control Fe magnetic island density (PRL 109, 026103 (2012))

Michael C. Tringides
Miron Hupalo,

Matthew Hershberger
Daniel McDougall

Superconductivity Theory

Behavior of Arikosov vortices, multiband superconductivity, effects of anisotropy, electrodynamic behavior of current-carrying superconductors subjected to mag­netic fields.


John R. Clem
Vladimir G. Kogan


Far-from-equilibrium Processes in Physical Systems

We utilize the concepts and methods of non-equilibrium statistical physics and multiscale modeling to develop predictive models and simulation algorithms for a range of physical, chemical, and materials systems. Focus areas and applications include: (i) growth and relaxation of epitaxial thin films and nanostructures;  (ii) spatio-temporal behavior in catalytic surface reactions; (iii) transport and reaction in mesoporous systems; (iv) non-equilibrium phase transitions in reaction-diffusion systems.

Jim Evans
Da-Jiang Liu
Yong Han
David Ackerman
Jing Wang
Chi-Jen Wang

Electrostatic Levitation Laboratory

Electrostatic levitation enables us to study the properties of solids and deeply cooled liquids at high temperatures.

Alan Goldman
Ruslan Prozorov
Gus Rustan 
Dante Quirinale
Daniel Messina

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