Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Theoretical and computational studies are conducted on the quantum properties of solids, the dynamics of complex fluids, and the interaction of light and mater in hybrid nanomaterials. Both bulk materials and artificially-structured (or engineered) materials are examined, where surface and interface effects are important. In some cases these activities parallel those being investigated in Western’s experimental group on materials. Applications to nanotechology and nanomedicine are also investigated.
We focus on structural, dynamic, and transport properties of solids (including metals, semiconductors, and amorphous materials) and soft materials (such as liquid crystals, polymers, and biological materials) as characterized by their optical, magnetic, vibrational, mechanical, viscoelastic, electronic and electromagnetic behaviour.
The group consists of faculty members, occasional postdoctoral fellows and research visitors as well as several graduate students. There are active collaborations within Western' and externally with other universities and with government and industrial research laboratories.