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Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Moore’s Law is the observation that computing speed doubles every 18 months; we expect our computers to become smaller, faster and cheaper. In the last few years, Moore’s Law appears to be reaching its physical limit. Electronics cannot get any smaller. Physicists at the University of Utah are conducting fundamental research on materials that could hail the next advance in electronics: organic semiconductors, non-linear optical solids, high-Tc superconductors, spin electronics, quasicrystals, etc. The University of Utah is recognized as a leader in developing techniques for understanding the properties of these materials, including atomic force microscopy and tunable infrared lasers. Our condensed matter experimentalists also study other exotic materials, such as hyperpolarized noble gases, atomically thin materials, and low temperature quantum solids.


Listed alphabetically by last name.


David Ailion

Basic physics applications of hyperpolarized (HP) gases.


Christoph Boehme

Spin Electronics


Shanti Deemyad

Physics of matter at extreme conditions of pressure temperature.


Vikram Deshpande

Emergent physical phenomena in atomically-thin materials including graphene, topological insulators other new 2D materials their heterostructures. Novel hybrid experimental tools potential applications.


Jordan Gerton

Pushing the limits of nanometer-scale optical microscopy techniques, with the goal of studying molecular-scale biological systems. Investigating the fundamental interactions between light matter at the nanometer scale.


Evan Lafalce

Parity-time symmetric lasers and properties of Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite semiconductors (OIHP)


Sarah Li

Ultrafast magneto-optical spectroscopy, magneto-optical spin noise spectroscopy polarization-resolved photoluminescence on semiconductor nanostructures, physics of spin decoherence/dephasing relaxation.


Hans Malissa

Spin electronics.


Valy Vardeny

Transient steady state optical, electronic spintronic properties of organic semiconductors in the time domain from femtoseconds to minutes.


Clayton Williams

Physical properties of solid surfaces molecules on a nanometer scale.

Last Updated: 11/13/19