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Theory of Condensed Matter

Theoretical Condensed Matter physics is about building models of physical processes, often driven by experimental data, generalising the solutions of those models to make experimental predictions, and transferring the concepts gained into other areas of research. Theory plays an important role in understanding known phenomena and in predicting new ones.

With over seventy members, the TCM Group is one of the largest research Groups in the Cavendish Laboratory, and the largest university Condensed Matter Theory group in the country. Able to trace its history back for over sixty years, it has been home to many leading theoreticians.

Starting at the first principles microscopic level - with the Schrödinger equation - many properties of materials can now be calculated with a high degree of accuracy. We work on refining and developing new calculational tools and applying them to problems in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology.

Solids often show unusual collective behaviour resulting from cooperative quantum or classical phenomena. For this type of physics a more model-based approach is appropriate, and we are using such methods to attack problems in magnetism, superconductivity, nonlinear optics, mesoscopic systems, polymers, and colloids.

Collective behaviour comes even more to the fore in systems on a larger scale. As examples, we work on self-organising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, non-linear dynamics of interacting systems, the observer in quantum mechanics, and models of biophysical processes, from the molecular scale up to neural systems.

Johannes Knolle

TCM congratulates Johannes Knolle on gaining a lectureship at Imperial College which he will take up in October.


TCM congratulates Yang Liu on a poster prize at the CCP9 Young Researchers event.


TCM congratulates Salvatore Tesoro on passing his PhD viva.

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  • Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory and Solid-State NMR Approach. JM Stratford et al., J Am Chem Soc (2017)
  • Multi-site Neurogenin3 Phosphorylation Controls Pancreatic Endocrine Differentiation. R Azzarelli et al., Dev. Cell (2017)
  • Semiclassical approach to quantum spin ice MP Kwasigroch, B Douçot and C Castelnovo, Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
  • Local Structure Evolution and Modes of Charge Storage in Secondary Li-FeS2 Cells MM Butala et al., Chem. Mater. 29 3070 - 3082 (2017)
  • Long-term, hormone-responsive organoid cultures of human endometrium in a chemically defined medium. MY Turco et al., Nat. Cell Biol. (2017)
  • Ground state structure of polymeric carbon monoxide with high energy density K Xia et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 144102 (2017)
  • Stable collective dynamics of two-level systems coupled by dipole interactions CD Parmee and NR Cooper, Phys. Rev. A 95 (2017)
  • Quantum Monte Carlo study of the energetics of the rutile, anatase, brookite, and columbite TiO2 polymorphs J Trail et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 121108 (2017)
  • Energetics of H2 clusters from density functional and coupled cluster theories JR Trail, P López Ríos and RJ Needs, Phys. Rev. B 95 115116 (2017)
  • Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB_{6}. J Knolle and NR Cooper, Phys Rev Lett 118 096604 (2017)
  • A combined X-ray scattering and simulation study of halothane in membranes at raised pressures NLC McCarthy et al., Chem. Phys. Lett. 671 21 - 27 (2017)
  • Water radiolysis by low-energy carbon projectiles from first-principles molecular dynamics J Kohanoff and E Artacho, Plos One 12 3 (2017)
  • Defining stem cell dynamics and migration during wound healing in mouse skin epidermis. M Aragona et al., Nat Commun 8 14684 (2017)
  • Quantum mechanics in an evolving Hilbert space E Artacho and DD O'Regan, Phys. Rev. B 95 115155 (2017)
  • Organoid Cultures of Human Endometrial Glands: A Model for Investigating Early Pregnancy. MY Turco et al., Reproductive Sci. 24 291A (2017)
  • Corrigendum: Residue Geometry Networks: A Rigidity-Based Approach to the Amino Acid Network and Evolutionary Rate Analysis. AS Fokas et al., Sci Rep 7 42654 (2017)
  • High-pressure phases of group-II difluorides: Polymorphism and superionicity JR Nelson, RJ Needs and CJ Pickard, Phys. Rev. B 95 054118 (2017)
  • Anatomy of quantum critical wave functions in dissipative impurity problems Z Blunden-Codd et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
  • Identity and dynamics of mammary stem cells during branching morphogenesis. CLGJ Scheele et al., Nature (2017)
  • Effective-range dependence of resonant Fermi gases LM Schonenberg and GJ Conduit, Phys. Rev. A 95 013633 (2017)
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Theoretical Condensed Matter physics is about building models of physical processes, often driven by experimental data, generalising the solutions of those models to make experimental predictions, and transferring the concepts gained into other areas of research. Theory plays an important role in understanding known phenomena and in predicting new ones.

With over seventy members, the TCM Group is one of the largest research Groups in the Cavendish Laboratory, and the largest university Condensed Matter Theory group in the country. Able to trace its history back for over sixty years, it has been home to many leading theoreticians.

Starting at the first principles microscopic level - with the Schrödinger equation - many properties of materials can now be calculated with a high degree of accuracy. We work on refining and developing new calculational tools and applying them to problems in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology.

Solids often show unusual collective behaviour resulting from cooperative quantum or classical phenomena. For this type of physics a more model-based approach is appropriate, and we are using such methods to attack problems in magnetism, superconductivity, nonlinear optics, mesoscopic systems, polymers, and colloids.

Collective behaviour comes even more to the fore in systems on a larger scale. As examples, we work on self-organising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, non-linear dynamics of interacting systems, the observer in quantum mechanics, and models of biophysical processes, from the molecular scale up to neural systems.

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Johannes Knolle

TCM congratulates Johannes Knolle on gaining a lectureship at Imperial College which he will take up in October.


TCM congratulates Yang Liu on a poster prize at the CCP9 Young Researchers event.


TCM congratulates Salvatore Tesoro on passing his PhD viva.

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  • Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory and Solid-State NMR Approach. JM Stratford et al., J Am Chem Soc (2017)
  • Multi-site Neurogenin3 Phosphorylation Controls Pancreatic Endocrine Differentiation. R Azzarelli et al., Dev. Cell (2017)
  • Semiclassical approach to quantum spin ice MP Kwasigroch, B Douçot and C Castelnovo, Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
  • Local Structure Evolution and Modes of Charge Storage in Secondary Li-FeS2 Cells MM Butala et al., Chem. Mater. 29 3070 - 3082 (2017)
  • Long-term, hormone-responsive organoid cultures of human endometrium in a chemically defined medium. MY Turco et al., Nat. Cell Biol. (2017)
  • Ground state structure of polymeric carbon monoxide with high energy density K Xia et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 144102 (2017)
  • Stable collective dynamics of two-level systems coupled by dipole interactions CD Parmee and NR Cooper, Phys. Rev. A 95 (2017)
  • Quantum Monte Carlo study of the energetics of the rutile, anatase, brookite, and columbite TiO2 polymorphs J Trail et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 121108 (2017)
  • Energetics of H2 clusters from density functional and coupled cluster theories JR Trail, P López Ríos and RJ Needs, Phys. Rev. B 95 115116 (2017)
  • Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB_{6}. J Knolle and NR Cooper, Phys Rev Lett 118 096604 (2017)
  • A combined X-ray scattering and simulation study of halothane in membranes at raised pressures NLC McCarthy et al., Chem. Phys. Lett. 671 21 - 27 (2017)
  • Water radiolysis by low-energy carbon projectiles from first-principles molecular dynamics J Kohanoff and E Artacho, Plos One 12 3 (2017)
  • Defining stem cell dynamics and migration during wound healing in mouse skin epidermis. M Aragona et al., Nat Commun 8 14684 (2017)
  • Quantum mechanics in an evolving Hilbert space E Artacho and DD O'Regan, Phys. Rev. B 95 115155 (2017)
  • Organoid Cultures of Human Endometrial Glands: A Model for Investigating Early Pregnancy. MY Turco et al., Reproductive Sci. 24 291A (2017)
  • Corrigendum: Residue Geometry Networks: A Rigidity-Based Approach to the Amino Acid Network and Evolutionary Rate Analysis. AS Fokas et al., Sci Rep 7 42654 (2017)
  • High-pressure phases of group-II difluorides: Polymorphism and superionicity JR Nelson, RJ Needs and CJ Pickard, Phys. Rev. B 95 054118 (2017)
  • Anatomy of quantum critical wave functions in dissipative impurity problems Z Blunden-Codd et al., Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
  • Identity and dynamics of mammary stem cells during branching morphogenesis. CLGJ Scheele et al., Nature (2017)
  • Effective-range dependence of resonant Fermi gases LM Schonenberg and GJ Conduit, Phys. Rev. A 95 013633 (2017)
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