Condensed matter physics describes physical systems composed of very large numbers of atoms or molecules, which interact strongly with each other and are bound by relatively short-range forces. This subject area encompasses a huge a range of physical phenomena, including that of crystalline solids, amorphous solids and liquids.
Within the Applied Mathematics department, most research in this area concentrates on a quantum mechanical description of the electronic properties of solid matter. Such properties include transport phenomena, magnetic properties of matter, and the exploitation of electronic spin in material devices. Describing and understanding these properties is currently of great importance, because of their potential for use in novel electronic devices.