Quantum and Condensed Matter Physics
Condensed matter physics is the science of the material world around us. We seek to understand how diverse complex phenomena arise when large numbers of constituents such as electrons, atoms and molecules interact with each other. Advances in our understanding of condensed-matter systems have led to fundamental discoveries such as novel phases of matter as well as many of the technological inventions that our societies are built on, including transistors, integrated circuits, lasers, high-performance composite materials and magnetic resonance imaging.
The Quantum and Condensed Matter Group at Dartmouth focuses on a range of problems at the intersection of quantum information processing, quantum statistical mechanics, and condensed matter physics. In this new frontier of condensed matter physics, our research involves not only understanding how systems work, but also how to design and control physical systems to function as we want. Common threads that run through both the experimental and theoretical research programs include: coherent control and many-body dynamics of complex quantum systems; dynamics of open quantum systems, quantum decoherence and quantum measurements; hybrid quantum device architectures.
Professor Blencowe's research interests are primarily within mesoscopic physics, in particular nanometer-to-micrometer scale systems that possess quantum electronic, mechanical, and electromagnetic degrees of freedom.
Professor Viola's research focuses on theoretical quantum information physics and quantum engineering. Current emphasis is on developing strategies for robustly controlling realistic open quantum systems, and on investigating fundamental aspects related to many-body quantum dynamics, entanglement and quantum randomness.
Professor Lawrence (Emeritus) is exploring practical and foundational aspects of quantum information theory. A current focus is the study of alternative operator bases relevant to quantum tomography, including mutually unbiased basis sets (MUBs), generalized Pauli operators, and Wigner distribution operators on discrete phase space.