Condensed matter theorists at Lancaster employ quantum-mechanical methods to uncover phenomena in low-dimensional systems and devices and determine the characteristics of novel and artificial materials.

Lancaster's Condensed Matter Theory group is renowned for its comprehensive research portfolio in quantum transport, dynamics and material modelling, ranging from low-dimensional systems to hybrid structures that combine multiple components. Key modelling capabilities include whole-system descriptions of molecular electronic devices as well as first-principle Quantum Monte Carlo Methods that reach beyond DFT. Expertise in quantum transport and control encompasses nanostructures and devices, 2D materials including graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, topological phases in insulators, superconductors and hybrid nanostructures, quantum Hall liquids, as well as hybrid arrangements that interface with quantum optics and photonics.

Key Research

  • Quantum transport in nanostructures including novel materials such as graphene and topological insulators
  • Whole system theoretical studies of molecular electronic devices
  • First principle studies of low-dimensional materials using Monte Carlo techniques and Density Functional Theory
  • Mesoscopic hybrid systems including superconducting components
  • Quantum optics and photonics
  • Quantum measurement and control of electronic nanostructures