Departmental Groups
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Condensed Matter Theory
The theoretical condensed matter group is involved in research in
four main areas:
 quantum manybody theory of systems involving strong
correlations and/or disorder
 statistical mechanics
 biological systems
 systems far from equilibrium
1.The first area includes such phenomena as hightemperature
superconductivity, the quantum Hall
effect, quantum magnetism, mesoscopics, localization, and
quantum chaos.
2.
Statistical mechanical
problems include the behavior of spin glasses, glasses and
other complex systems, magnetism, and
the vortex state of superconductors.
3.
Work on biological
systems addresses phenomena at the
molecular level, such as the dynamics of protein selfassembly
and molecular motors, as well as at the
cellular scale and beyond, concerning chemotaxis and pattern
formation.
4.
Finally, the study of highly
nonequilibrium systems embraces phenomena such as chemical
networks, neural networks,
morphogenesis, and evolution. In all of these endeavors the
theory group enjoys close contact with experimental
condensed matter and biophysics efforts within the Physics
Department and in related departments on
campus.
Philip W. Anderson:
High Tc superconductivity and other manybody quantum theory
problems. Random systems: glass, spin glass, localization. Complex system
theory: neural nets, evolution, etc. 
F. Duncan M. Haldane:
Fractional statistics, quantum Hall effect, integrable systems,
Luttinger liquids, quantizing the Fermi surface. 
David Huse:
Statistical physics, phase transitions, magnetic ordering in
materials and in spin models, vortices and the mixed state in typeII superconductors, supersolids. 
Shivaji Sondhi:
Correlated electron systems, quantum critical phenomena. 
A S S O C I A T E D F A C U L T Y: 
Ravindra Bhatt:
Condensedmatter theory; in particular, disordered and correlated electronic
systems, doped semiconductors, diluted magnetic
semiconductors, metalinsulator transitions, quantum Hall
effect, spin glasses, and random magnets. 
Roberto Car: Electronic and atomistic properties of matter in condensed and molecular phases.

Sal Torquato:
Statistical mechanics and soft condensed matter theory. Disordered
heterogeneous materials, colloids, liquids, and glasses. Optimization in
materials science and modeling tumor growth. Joint Appointment
with Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
(PRISM). 
R E S E A R C H: 
William Brinkman: 
Antonio GarciaGarcia:
My expertise is in condensed matter theory with a strong interest in certain aspects of high energy physics. 

