Condensed Matter PhysicsIn condensed matter physics (CMP) we study the unique and often surprising manifestations of quantum mechanics on the physical properties of matter. Examples of physical systems which can be studied include quantum dots and quantum wells, superconductors and nano-magnetic elements.
Condensed matter research offers students a comprehensive education in all aspects of physics research. From conceiving an experiment; to designing the experimental setup; to creating the samples you wish to study; to performing the measurements and finally writing up the results. Collaborations in CMP are typically small, giving students a great deal of recognition for their work.
Condensed matter research at UVic focuses on the ultrafast dynamics (nanosecond to femtosecond time scales) of systems in the quantum regime. Nanoscale magnetic, superconducting and semiconducting systems are the main subjects of investigation.
Studies are preformed using optical and electrical pump/probe techniques such as time-resolved scanning Kerr microscopy, Faraday rotation and junction mixing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Experiments can be carried out at room temperature down to almost absolute zero (2.2 K) and in magnetic fields as high as 7 Tesla. Our major facilities include molecular beam epitaxy, low temperature STM, a magneto-optic cryostat and a plethora of lasers including Ti/Sapph oscillators and a 100 kHz regenerative amplifier.
Recently the CMP group initiated the formation of UVic Nanofabrication Centre in support of nano research activities at the University of Victoria. The UVic Nanofab is a multi-disciplinary user facility that facilitates the fabrication of nano-scale structures for fundamental and applied research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. The Nanofabrication Centre provides the capability of designing, fabricating and characterizing materials with feature size as small as sub 100 nm.