Condensed Matter

The challenge of condensed matter physics can be summed up in a single observation: the behaviour of a system with many particles can be very different from that of the particles that make it up. Condensed matter physicists are those who study these many-body systems, especially those that are in a condensed state. At Perimeter, these researchers tackle such fundamental issues as the nature of magnets or the difference between conductors and insulators, as well as cutting-edge questions such as whether we can describe gravity as a property of a material, or tailor an exotic form of quantum matter for use inside quantum computers.

Cenovus Energy James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute (Visiting)

Condensed matter physics studies systems of very large numbers of particles in a condensed state, like solids or liquids.