ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (CMSP) section investigates the physics of disordered, mesoscopic and strongly correlated electron systems, and performs computer simulations of the atomistic and electronic structure of materials. Because many of the concepts and methods in condensed matter physics have at their core some elements of statistical and nonlinear physics, a significant amount of research in this section is devoted to statistical mechanics and applications.
Understanding the electronic behaviour of strongly correlated electron systems is one of the most important problems in condensed matter physics, one that is driving a revolution in the study of solids that produce exotic properties such as high-temperature superconductivity. Research by CMSP in this area includes topics related to theoretical nanophysics, localization, quantum systems out of equilibrium, low-dimensional systems with interaction, strong electron correlations in new materials, disordered superconducting and superfluid systems, and cold bosonic and fermionic atoms.
CMSP work in this area focusses on simulations of condensed matter at high pressures, new materials, ab-initio calculations of properties of nano- and bio-systems, catalysis and surface physics, simulations of fast processes of energy transfer, energy conversion and storage research, and physics of friction and lubrication.
CMSP work in this area focusses on cooperative phenomena in complex adaptive systems, statistical mechanical descriptions of complex networks (such as the financial market), application of statistical mechanics to computer science, optimization problems in genetics and biophysics, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and quantum computing. The results have applications for computer network performance, financial markets and genetics, among other things.
19 Aug 2015
ICTP Prize 2014 recipient pushes the boundaries of computer miniaturization
12 Jun 2015
Detecting geometric phases through noise measurements in nano-structures
05 May 2015
Condensed matter research uniting two fields published in Nature Communications
05 Feb 2015
Kofané Timoléon Crépin awarded African Union Kwame Nkrumah Prize
03 Nov 2014
Condensed matter physicist honoured for research in solid-state theory
28 Aug 2014
ICTP researcher demonstrates powerful atomic engines without friction
27 May 2014
ICTP supports prize to recognise fresh talent in quantum modeling
03 Feb 2014
The 2014 Salam Distinguished speaker talks about quantum physics, string theory and what got him interested in condensed matter physics
13 Jan 2014
Condensed matter physicist Subir Sachdev to deliver Salam Distinguished Lectures 2014
11 Nov 2013
This year's prize honours neutrino, energy research
02 Oct 2013
ICTP's Condensed Matter Statistical Physics Section announces positions for 2014-2015