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
News of the group
Sabbatical leave (2013-14). Andreas Bill is presently on sabbatical leave at the
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain. Contact should be made via email.
Congratulations to former student Thomas E. Baker who won the Kennedy Reed Award for
Best Theoretical Research by a graduate student (Nov. 2013). The research has been done during his Master's thesis in our group
and is related to the work submitted recently (See the publication list).
George Wang from our group also presented a talk on "Simulations of the Time Dependent Crystallization of Amorphous Thin Films".
New National Science Foundation Grant! The group has been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation for 2013-2016.
Southern California Physics GRE Boot Camp, August 23-24, 2013 at CSU Long Beach
The southern CA Physics GRE Boot Camp sponsored by the CPAPC and organized by C. Kwon and A.B. took place Friday August 23 and Saturday 24th, 2013.
Over 80 students with 42% underrepresented minorities in Physics and 27% women attended the two day meeting.
See the CPAPC website for more information.
Congratulations to Adam Moke who has been added to the Dean's list of University Scholars and Artists,
following the path of Tom Baker (2012) and Adam Richie-Halford (2010).
Congratulations to Hamed Sadeghi and Adam Moke who started their PhD at USC and UCLA in the Fall 2013, respectively.
The Southern California Condensed Matter Theory Meeting was organized by S. Haas (USC), M. Peterson and A.B. at CSU Long Beach on April 12, 2013.
See the program on the following socalCMT13 webpage of the meeting.
APS March Meeting of 2013 in Baltimore, MD Tom Baker and A.B. presented talks on the long range triplet component of the
order parameter in a magnetic Josephson junction.
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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