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
Opening in Experimental Physics The department invites applications for a tenure-track position.
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!
Sabbatical leave (2013-14). Andreas Bill went 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.
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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