Theory of Condensed Matter

The Theory of Condensed Matter Group carries out world leading research broadly categorised under the headings of:

  • Collective quantum phenomena
  • First principles quantum mechanical methods
  • Soft matter

Our research interests constantly evolve to address new theoretical challenges, some of which arise from novel experiments performed in the Cavendish and elsewhere. For instance, Payne and co-workers have developed ONETEP - a quantum mechanical code that offers state of the art accuracy but whose cost scales only linearly with system size - which allows quantum mechanical simulations of biological systems.

Our group has an outstanding track record for nurturing and training young researchers and sixteen members of the group have taken up permanent academic appointments within the last five years.

The group is part of the Condensed Matter Theory Portfolio Partnership activity between chemists and physicists in modelling molecular behaviour that underpins technologies as various as chemical catalysis, semiconductor lasers, and drug design.

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