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Introduction to CMTC

The Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC) was created in 2002 by the University of Maryland with the Distinguished University Professor Sankar Das Sarma as its permanent Director. The support for CMTC comes from the University of Maryland and the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS). The sole purpose of CMTC is to maintain sustained excellence in theoretical condensed matter physics (defined in the broadest possible sense) at the University of Maryland. Highly interactive and collaborative research on the deepest frontiers of theoretical condensed matter physics is the primary goal of CMTC. In addition to carrying out outstanding research in condensed matter theory, CMTC will also occasionally host distinguished lectures by the leading researchers, and may organize small research workshops on important topics. CMTC has funds for research fellows and associates at postdoctoral level (2-5 years appointments), for short-term (1 week to 6 months) visitors, for long-term (1 year or more) senior sabbatical visitors, and for research fellowships for outstanding graduate students. The goal of CMTC is to have the best possible scientific quality in its members (and to foster creative interaction among them) so as to produce a highly visible and active (small) theory center. Junior and senior scientists interested in CMTC positions should contact the Director in writing.

CMTC consists of the quantum condensed matter theory and quantum computing theory faculty members in the Maryland physics department along with 10-20 postdoctoral fellows and roughly a dozen PhD students. Occasionally, CMTC also hosts senior visitors and undergraduate researchers. On rare occasions, CMTC has hosted high-school students as researchers also. A central research activity within CMTC is quantum computation. The quantum computing research within CMTC is funded by the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, and more specifically, the topological quantum computing research in CMTC is partially funded by Microsoft Research, leading to a part of CMTC activities being designated as being the “Station Q Maryland”. This ‘Station Q Maryland’ designation applies to all topological quantum computation activity within CMTC with the director of CMTC also being the ‘Station Q Maryland’ director. For more information about Station Q, see https://www.stationq.com.

Although CMTC is an independent research center within the physics department of the University of Maryland consisting of essentially the condensed matter theory group memebers at Maryland, it is closely connected with the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) with much (but not all) of the theory work of JQI taking place at CMTC. The founding members of the CMTC external advisory board (operational during the first 10 years of CMTC) are listed below.


Founding Advisory Board (2002-2012)
Professor P. W. Anderson, Princeton University
Professor B. I. Halperin, Harvard University
Professor R. B. Laughlin, Stanford University
Professor A. J. Leggett, University of Illinois
Professor H. L. Stormer, Columbia University
Professor D. C. Tsui, Princeton University