Condensed Matter Physics

Research Areas:

Condensed matter physics is the study of materials in the solid or liquid state, including their structure and mechanical, electrical, magnetic, thermal, optical and chemical properties. In addition to presenting rich and fascinating questions about the physical world, it is an area of physics with many real-world applications in such areas as microelectronics, information storage and communication, chemistry and the development and use of new materials. Students with strong backgrounds in condensed matter physics are often well qualified for research and engineering positions in industry, as well as for academic careers.

Experimental condensed matter physics at Tufts focuses on the magnetic properties of materials, structural properties and phase transitions in polymers, and interactions of atoms and molecules with metal surfaces. On-site facilities are housed in the modern Science and Technology Center, and include SQUID and vibrating-sample magnetometers, X-ray diffractometers, and ultrahigh vacuum surface analysis equipment. Researchers at Tufts also collaborate widely, traveling to Brookhaven National Laboratory and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, as well as to other universities in the United States, France and Brazil.

Theoretical work at Tufts is concerned with the dynamic behavior of spin systems, including transitions caused both by thermally activitated processes and by quantum tunneling.




Polymer Physics

Surface Physics


Magnetism and Quantum Tunneling


Prof. Peggy Cebe
Prof. Robert Guertin
Prof. Leon Gunther
Prof. Yaacov Shapira
Prof. Roger Tobin


Graduate Students:
Seyhan Ince
Chang Liu
Wei Lu
Hui Xu

Dr. Yung Ho Kahng



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