Condensed Matter Theory

A digital model of atoms in a matrix

About us

Condensed matter theorists at Lancaster employ quantum-mechanical methods to uncover phenomena in electronic, atomic and photonic systems, and determine the characteristics of novel and artificial materials.

The group is renowned for its comprehensive research portfolio in quantum transport, dynamics and material modelling, ranging from ultracold atoms over low-dimensional electronic structures to photonic and quantum-optical systems.

Key Research

  • First principle studies of low-dimensional materials using Monte Carlo techniques and Density Functional Theory
  • Quantum transport in nanostructures including novel materials such as graphene and topological insulators
  • Topological phases of matter in nanostructures
  • Mesoscopic hybrid systems including superconducting components
  • Quantum measurement and control of electronic nanostructures
  • Disordered interacting quantum systems
  • Superfluids and quantum-Hall liquids
  • Ultracold atomic systems and Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Quantum optics, light-matter interactions and polaritonics
  • Metamaterials and topological photonics

Current PhD Opportunities


Postgraduate Training

The Condensed Matter Theory group provides extensive research and training opportunities for postgraduate students, covering subject-specific and general research skills.

Individual training involves supervision and advice that account for the students’ project requirements and the skills needed to make progress in their work.

Your studies are supplemented by weekly group meetings involving PhD students, MPhys/MSci students, postdocs and academics, including formal lectures, informal presentations and dice seminars on new and emerging topics.

Our students also attend the weekly departmental condensed-matter seminars and participate in the North West England Solid State lectures organised in conjunction with Manchester University.

Our students regularly attend national and international summer schools, including the Windsor Summer School Physics by the Lake, and present their work at a variety of scientific conferences. They also have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills via participation in the departmental outreach programme. The Faculty of Science and Technology, Information System Services, and the Library offer additional training.

Training resources