Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at BU

Condensed matter experiments examine the structure and behavior of condensed states of matter where interactions between adjacent atoms, molecules, and electrons determine the physical nature of the material. Condensed matter physics occupies a unique niche in physics. Developments in this field are often of equal importance for technological applications and for improving our fundamental understanding of the nature of matter. One need only consider the revolution caused by the development of the transistor, and a similar one likely to follow from the discovery of high-temperature superconductors.

Boston University continues its rapid growth in condensed-matter physics with strong research efforts in photonics, scattering physics, surface physics, advanced materials physics, low-dimensional electronic systems, low-temperature physics, and structural biology and chemistry. Condensed matter experimentalists in the Physics Department are also playing major roles in the University’s Photonics Research Center and Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology. In these efforts, as well as many others, condensed matter experimentalists work in close association with scientists in the College of Engineering.


  • Rama BansilStudies of Gels
  • David Bishop |Low Temperature Physics and Mechanical Properties of Materials at Low Temperatures
  • Keith BrownNanomanufacturing and Hierarchical Materials
  • Scott BunchNanomechanical Properties of a New Class of 2D Atomically Thin Materials
  • Michael El-BatanounyExperimental and Theoretical Surface Physics
  • Wanzheng HuDynamical Materials Control with Light
  • Maria KamenetskaNano-materials, single molecule techniques, biophysics
  • Karl LudwigReal-Time X-ray Studies of Materials Processes
  • Raj MahontyFluid Dynamics with Ions and Proteins
  • Kevin SmithNovel Materials
  • Alex Sushkov | Quantum sensing with spin qubits, lab searches for ultralight dark matter
  • Anna SwanHigh Spatial Resolution Spectroscopy
  • M. Selim ÜnlüNear-Field Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy
  • Alice WhiteFabrication and Packaging of Optical and Electronic Devices