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Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed matter physics is the study of the physical properties of condensed phases of matter such as solids.


Condensed matter physics at University of Idaho involves the study of many different materials. Some examples include superconducting materials, nanomaterials, magnetic materials and semiconductors.


The facilities in the condensed matter physics group include:

  • Low temperature SQUID magnetometer
  • 300 mK cryostat
  • State-of-the-art microprobe Raman spectrometer
  • Ellipsometer
  • Auger electron spectroscometer
  • X-ray photoemission spectroscopy
  • Magneto-optical Kerr Effect apparatus
  • Numerous deposition systems for growing oxides
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Wide band gap semiconductors
  • Metal and magnetic thin films.

The Department of Physics also has access to a variety of other tools, e.g., TEM, SEM, XRD, and is also the sponsor of the Micro and Nano Technology Cleanroom.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We actively participate in training undergraduate students to do experimental research. Students can learn a wide array of experimental techniques and be involved in interdisciplinary research.

For More Information

For more information about the Condensed Matter Physics research program at Idaho contact:

Big Award for Tiny Research

Physics Professor David McIlroy Recognized with Idaho NSF EPSCoR Award for Work with Nanomaterials

More about Professor McIlroy's work with nanotechnology >

You Qiang


Research: Condensed Matter Physics
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Department of Physics

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: (208) 885-6380

Fax: (208) 885-4055


Web: Department of Physics