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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 modelbased 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 selforganising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, nonlinear dynamics of interacting systems, the observer in quantum mechanics, and models of biophysical processes, from the molecular scale up to neural systems.
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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More seminars Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory and SolidState NMR Approach. J Am Chem Soc (2017)
 Multisite Neurogenin3 Phosphorylation Controls Pancreatic Endocrine Differentiation. Dev. Cell (2017)
 Semiclassical approach to quantum spin ice Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)

Local Structure Evolution and Modes of Charge Storage in Secondary LiFeS
2 Cells Chem. Mater. 29 3070  3082 (2017)  Longterm, hormoneresponsive organoid cultures of human endometrium in a chemically defined medium. Nat. Cell Biol. (2017)
 Ground state structure of polymeric carbon monoxide with high energy density Phys. Rev. B 95 144102 (2017)
 Stable collective dynamics of twolevel systems coupled by dipole interactions Phys. Rev. A 95 (2017)
 Quantum Monte Carlo study of the energetics of the rutile, anatase, brookite, and columbite TiO2 polymorphs Phys. Rev. B 95 121108 (2017)
 Energetics of H2 clusters from density functional and coupled cluster theories Phys. Rev. B 95 115116 (2017)
 Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB_{6}. Phys Rev Lett 118 096604 (2017)
 A combined Xray scattering and simulation study of halothane in membranes at raised pressures Chem. Phys. Lett. 671 21  27 (2017)
 Water radiolysis by lowenergy carbon projectiles from firstprinciples molecular dynamics Plos One 12 3 (2017)
 Defining stem cell dynamics and migration during wound healing in mouse skin epidermis. Nat Commun 8 14684 (2017)
 Quantum mechanics in an evolving Hilbert space Phys. Rev. B 95 115155 (2017)
 Organoid Cultures of Human Endometrial Glands: A Model for Investigating Early Pregnancy. Reproductive Sci. 24 291A (2017)
 Corrigendum: Residue Geometry Networks: A RigidityBased Approach to the Amino Acid Network and Evolutionary Rate Analysis. Sci Rep 7 42654 (2017)
 Highpressure phases of groupII difluorides: Polymorphism and superionicity Phys. Rev. B 95 054118 (2017)
 Anatomy of quantum critical wave functions in dissipative impurity problems Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
 Identity and dynamics of mammary stem cells during branching morphogenesis. Nature (2017)
 Effectiverange dependence of resonant Fermi gases Phys. Rev. A 95 013633 (2017)
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 modelbased 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 selforganising structures in "soft" condensed matter systems, nonlinear 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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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.
Recent Publications
 Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory and SolidState NMR Approach. J Am Chem Soc (2017)
 Multisite Neurogenin3 Phosphorylation Controls Pancreatic Endocrine Differentiation. Dev. Cell (2017)
 Semiclassical approach to quantum spin ice Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)

Local Structure Evolution and Modes of Charge Storage in Secondary LiFeS
2 Cells Chem. Mater. 29 3070  3082 (2017)  Longterm, hormoneresponsive organoid cultures of human endometrium in a chemically defined medium. Nat. Cell Biol. (2017)
 Ground state structure of polymeric carbon monoxide with high energy density Phys. Rev. B 95 144102 (2017)
 Stable collective dynamics of twolevel systems coupled by dipole interactions Phys. Rev. A 95 (2017)
 Quantum Monte Carlo study of the energetics of the rutile, anatase, brookite, and columbite TiO2 polymorphs Phys. Rev. B 95 121108 (2017)
 Energetics of H2 clusters from density functional and coupled cluster theories Phys. Rev. B 95 115116 (2017)
 Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB_{6}. Phys Rev Lett 118 096604 (2017)
 A combined Xray scattering and simulation study of halothane in membranes at raised pressures Chem. Phys. Lett. 671 21  27 (2017)
 Water radiolysis by lowenergy carbon projectiles from firstprinciples molecular dynamics Plos One 12 3 (2017)
 Defining stem cell dynamics and migration during wound healing in mouse skin epidermis. Nat Commun 8 14684 (2017)
 Quantum mechanics in an evolving Hilbert space Phys. Rev. B 95 115155 (2017)
 Organoid Cultures of Human Endometrial Glands: A Model for Investigating Early Pregnancy. Reproductive Sci. 24 291A (2017)
 Corrigendum: Residue Geometry Networks: A RigidityBased Approach to the Amino Acid Network and Evolutionary Rate Analysis. Sci Rep 7 42654 (2017)
 Highpressure phases of groupII difluorides: Polymorphism and superionicity Phys. Rev. B 95 054118 (2017)
 Anatomy of quantum critical wave functions in dissipative impurity problems Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
 Identity and dynamics of mammary stem cells during branching morphogenesis. Nature (2017)
 Effectiverange dependence of resonant Fermi gases Phys. Rev. A 95 013633 (2017)