This page lists the groups that are interested in the quantum properties of materials, whether for the novel properties of the material itself or for the potential use in nanoscale devices. The groups listed below are distributed across the Materials Department, the Quantum Materials research collective in the Physics Department, Theoretical Chemistry, and the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics.

See our Photons and Atoms page if you're after Physics groups focusing on light, cavities and atoms. 

Feliciano Giustino's Group:
Atomistic Quantum Simulation
(Materials Department)

Image: Visualisation of electronic density distribution.

Image: Visualisation of electronic density distribution.

Combining the predictive capability of the quantum theory of real materials with the power of high-performance computing, in order to investigate the structural, electronic, and optical properties of new materials.  

Leader: Feliciano Giustino

Postdocs:  
Hannes Hübener
Roxana Margine

Students:  
Harry Fisher, Christopher Patrick, Keian Noori, Henry Lambert, Marina Filip.

Link to group's website

 

David Logan, William Barford & Martin Galpin's
Theoretical Chemistry Groups
(there is another Theo. Chem. team here

Image 'Crystalline Sphere Blue' (c) Pete Spangler, see www.spanglerimagery.com.

Image 'Crystalline Sphere Blue' (c) Pete Spangler, see www.spanglerimagery.com.

Studying a broad range of topics related to quantum materials. One focus is quantum condensed matter theory: many-body approaches to strongly correlated electron systems and electronic phase transitions. Other core interests include the electronic, optical and transport properties of condensed phase materials, from the bulk solid state to the meso/nano-scale level; including conjugated macromolecular systems, quantum dots and molecular devices.

Group Leaders:
David Logan, William Barford and Martin Galpin.

Postdocs and Students:
At any given time there will be about a dozen PDRAs and students working in this area; please see the link below for more details. 

Link to group's own website

 

 

Paolo Radaelli's Group:
Multiferroic Materials
(Physics Department)

 

Image: Visualizing multiferroics.

Image: Visualizing multiferroics.

Studying a new class of multi-functional magnets called multiferroics, where magnetism and ferroelectricity are strongly coupled together. These types of quantum materials are likely to form key components in the development of future technology, for example, in memories and logic devices. 

Leader: Paolo Radaelli
Associated faculty member: Thorsten Hesjedal

Postdoc:
Roger Johnson

Students:
Alexander Hearmon
 , Natasha Perks, Benjamin Heathcote Williams and Benjamin Mahler.

Link to group's own website

Dieter Jaksch's Group:
Theory of far-from-equilibrium systems
(Physics Department)

 

Image: Use of tensor network in solving search problems.

Image: Use of tensor network in solving search problems.

Using diverse technique to understand far-from-equilibrium systems, ranging from complex quantum entanglement in the lab, to city traffic flow. Tensor networks are a key  tool of the group.

Leader: Dieter Jaksch
Co-leader: Stephen Clark

Postdocs: Uwe Dorner, Sarah Al-Assam, Martin Kiffner

Eleven Students:
Tom Grujic, Pierre-Louis Giscard, Samuel Denny, Juan Jose Mendoza, Giovanni Cotungo* (visiting), Samantha Massey, Zoubeir Emambokus*, Zheng 'Vince' Zoo*, Gabriel Mazzucchi*, Wojciech Kozlowski* and Felix Tennie* (asterisk indicates co-supervision).

 Link to group's website

 

Radu Coldea's Group:
Quantum Magnetism & Phase Transitions
(Physics Department)

Stephen Blundell's Group:
Quantum Matter in High Magnetic Fields
(Physics Department)

 

Image derived from 'quantum physics' (c) moonhigh at deviantART.com.

Image derived from 'quantum physics' (c) moonhigh at deviantART.com.

Exploring experimentally the quantum properties of novel electronic and magnetic materials using neutron scattering and thermodynamic probes. The aim is to understand how electrons organize themselves in complex materials to lead to new properties, an example being high-temperature superconductivity.

Leader: Radu Coldea

Postdocs: Amir Abbas Haghighirad, Ivelisse Cabrera

Students: Alun Biffin, Sungkyun Choi, Jordan Thompson

Link to group's own website

Artistic visualisation "Flower Magnet" provided by Sam Himes, see chaosfissure.deviantart.com.

Artistic visualisation "Flower Magnet" provided by Sam Himes, see chaosfissure.deviantart.com.

Research using high magnetic fields and low temperatures to probe novel phases of matter in single crystals of quantum materials from superconductors, magnets, multiferroics and topological insulators. 

Leader: Stephen Blundell

Career acceleration fellows: Amalia Coldea, Moon-Sun Nam, Paul Goddard

Students: Samuel Blake, Saman Ghannadzadeh, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Watson

Link to group's own website

 

John Cardy , John Chalker & Fabian Essler:
Condensed Matter Theory
(Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics)

 

Artist's impression 'quantum roots' (c) Falcon0408 at deviantART.com.

Artist's impression 'quantum roots' (c) Falcon0408 at deviantART.com.

The condensed matter theorists in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics study many aspects of the quantum nature of matter. Key work includes quantum field theory, entanglement, and quantum quenches. 

Leaders: John Cardy, John Chalker and Fabian Essler

Additional Faculty Member:  Ramin Golestanian

Postdocs: Maurizio Fagotti, Eliot Kapit and Imke Schneider

Students: Bruno Bertini, Fenner Harper, Neil Robinson and Zhiming Darren Tan

Link to group's own website

 

Steve Simon's Group:
Topological Quantum Theory
(Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics)

 

Image: Topological processes are immune to small variations and errors.

Image: Topological processes are immune to small variations and errors.

Using topological techniques to understand states of matter, and to explore a possible route to highly robust quantum computing.

Leader: Steve Simon 

Postdocs: Jesper Romers and Zohar Ringel 

 

Students:  Gabor Halasz, Curt von Keyserlingk and Thomas Scaffidi

 

 

Link to group's website 

 

Arzhang Ardavan's Group:
Quantum Spin Dynamics
(Physics Department)

Artist's impression 'quantum processor' (c) MrEvilFX at deviantART.com.

Artist's impression 'quantum processor' (c) MrEvilFX at deviantART.com.

Studying the magnetic moments of nuclei, atoms and molecules in condensed matter. Two key themes are, electrical and thermoelectric effects in strongly correlated superconductors to elucidate the mechanisms of superconductivity, and coherent control of single spins for applications in quantum information processing.

Leader: Arzhang Ardavan  

Postdoc: Amy Webber

Student: Danielle Kaminski

Link to group's own webpage [pending]