In condensed matter physics at Johns Hopkins, experimental and theoretical research programs are at the forefront of both hard and soft matter. On the hard side, we study quantum magnets, superconductors, topological materials, magnetic nanostructures and quantum nanowires using a variety of experimental techniques, including neutron scattering, optical, and terahertz spectroscopy; synthesize and characterize new solid-state materials; and model theoretically novel states of matter such as topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, and quantum spin liquids. Soft-matter research includes the dynamics of conformational transition in proteins, x-ray and neutron scattering studies of glasses and out-of-equilibrium complex fluids, biological applications of nanostructures and analytic and computer-aided theory of non-equilibrium processes, adhesion, and friction.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is home to the Johns Hopkins Institute for Quantum Matter funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Our group takes advantage of the university’s high visibility in nanomaterials, biophysical, and biomedical sciences and bioengineering through numerous interactions and collaborations.
In addition, the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory has an extensive program in applied condensed matter sciences and is a leading center in quantum optics and optical quantum computing.