Hard Condensed Matter

Our strategy is to deploy state-of-the art instrumentation to explore the physics of Condensed Matter under conditions of extreme temperature (high and low), magnetic field and pressure. Our research ranges from exotically ordered quantum states to the formation of super-hard alloys and reactor materials at uncharted extremes of pressure.

We have elucidated new states of order in electron systems and in spin-ices, and shown electrons in solids to share universal behaviour with the quark-gluon plasma. At ultra-high pressure we have shown group I, II and V elements to adopt complex ‘hotel’ structures, and found several new phases of hydrogen. Our studies have wide-ranging implications for materials science, geophysics and planetary science.

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