Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Condensed Matter Physics & Optics

Queen's Condensed Matter Physics and Optics is the largest group in the department, combining strengths in condensed matter physics and light-matter interactions.

In condensed matter physics, the objectives are to provide understanding of the enormously rich behaviour of condensed matter systems under a wide variety of conditions. Systems consist of combinations of the hundred or so elements in the form of solids, quantum dots, small clusters, liquids, and dense gases, and in which the multitude of constituent parts are all interacting with one another. They exist under conditions of temperature ranging from the very lowest imaginable, at which superconductivity and superfluidity occurs, to the boiling point. The application of external fields to the systems allows us to probe the system, studying the electrical and thermal transport, magnetic properties and optical interactions. A growing strength within the group is in optics research and light-matter interactions in optical materials and nanostructures, covering a range of research topics including quantum optics, nanophotonics, spintronics, organic LEDs, scanning probes, and ultrafast nonlinear optics.

Theoretical & Computational Research

Semiconductor optics, light-matter interactions, nanophotonics, quantum materials, strongly correlated electron systems, Bose-Einstein condensation, density functional theory, nonlinear and quantum optics.

T. Carrington: Theoretical & computational research in molecular quantum dynamics (cross-appointed with the Dept. of Chemistry) 
M. Dignam: Theoretical research in nonlinear and quantum optics of nanostructures.
R. Gooding: Statistical mechanics applied to theoretical problems in chromosome biology and cancer genetics
S. Hughes: Theoretical research on nanophotonics and quantum optics 

M. Stott: Density functional theory and materials simulations 
E. Zaremba: Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped atomic gases, physics of cold atoms, quantum coherence 

Experimental Research

Ultrafast nonlinear optics in nanostructures and other systems, semiconductor spintronics, organic and polymer light-emitting devices, glancing angle deposition, optics of anisotropic thin films and materials, scanning probes and nanophotonics, nanoscale electronics and mechanics, small-angle x-ray scattering.

J. Fraser: Ultrafast nanostructure dynamics, laser material processing, and coherent imaging
J. Gao: Organic and polymer light emitting devices 
R. Knobel: Mesoscopic device physics at low temperature 
A. McLean: Scanning probes, nanostructures, and nanophotonics 
J-M. Nunzi: Optical and electronic properties of organic materials and devices, chiral photonics, solar cells
K. Robbie: Optics of thin films, chiral and carbon based materials, glancing angle deposition (GLAD)
M. Singh: Small-angle X-ray scattering 
J. Stotz: Semiconductor spintronics and quantum dots