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. 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.

The currently active research topics in CMTC are quantum computation in semiconductor nanostructures, spin qubits and spin quantum computation, spin coherence, topological quantum computation, quantum Hall effects, quantum phases of condensed cold atom systems and optical lattices, quantum phase transitions, spintronics, transport in low dimensional semiconductor nanostructures, physics of graphene and nanowires, exotic superconductivity, topological matter and phases, quantum computation in neutral atomic systems, quantum condensed phases, many-body theory in low-dimensional semiconductor structures, strongly correlated phenomena, ferromagnetic semiconductors, spin Hall effects, coherent quantum effects, elementary excitations and collective modes in low-dimensional systems, collective coherent phenomena in solids, physics of metal-insulator transitions and localization, and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.


CMTC External Advisory Board


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