The Condensed Matter Physics research theme at Royal Holloway comprises several closely interacting groups. These include Biodiagnostics, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology, Quantum Devices,Quantum Fluids and Solids, Quantum Matter and Condensed Matter Theory.
The experimental groups exploit world-class facilities in the London Low Temperature Laboratory at Royal Holloway to explore new states of quantum matter and devices whose operation is governed by quantum principles. The Centre for Nanophysics and Nanotechnology has pioneered nano-scale devices fabricated by electron beam lithography. The Crystal Growth Laboratory prepares the large single crystals necessary to investigate new states of electronic quantum matter by neutron scattering. Extensive use is made of nearby large-scale facilities such as the ISIS Neutron Spallation Source and the Diamond Light Source, as well as international facilities.
The theory group is part of the Hubbard Theory Consortium, which aims to support experimental activities in large-scale facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (ISIS and Diamond) and at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. It focuses on strongly correlated materials, superconductors, and cold atoms.
Our Biodiagnostics group expands our strong interest in developing new instrumentation, working on new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and THz detectors for applications in biological and medical diagnostics.