Condensed Matter Physics news

News from the  Condensed Matter Physics research group. 

Two-dimensional materials unlock the path to ultra-low-power transistors

Posted on Tuesday 7 November 2017

An international team of scientists has discovered a new route to ultra-low-power transistors using a graphene-based composite material.


York-Tohoku-Kaiserslautern Research Symposium

Posted on Thursday 13 July 2017

As part of the EPSRC/JSPS funded Core-to-Core grant in Spintronics and Advanced Materials the fourth symposium in the series of joint meetings was held in the department between 21 and 23 June 2017.


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Royal Society of London - Issue Publication

Posted on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Prof Mohamed Babiker was one of the lead editors of a theme issue titled `Optical orbital angular momentum', published by the Royal Society of London.


New Major EPSRC Grant Award

Posted on Tuesday 21 March 2017

A new £5.1m award will allow a consortium of top UK academics to develop computer codes and apply them to provide new insights into existing and predicted materials.


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A discovery with a twist

Posted on Monday 7 November 2016

Professor Irene D'Amico has been involved in an international collaboration which has discovered a 'twist' effect in spin waves.


A micron-scale optical microgram showing a characteristically triangular molybdenum disulphide ultrathin film grown in York.
Uncovering the personality of wonder ultrathin materials

Posted on Friday 20 February 2015

Imperfections make people interesting; the same goes for crystals.


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Transforming Data Communications with new Photonic Microchips

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015

A £5.2 million project is aiming to take IT beyond the electronic age with a new generation of photonic microchips.


Research brings new control over topological insulator

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014

Investigating the electronic properties of ultra-thin films of new materials.


York physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology

Posted on Monday 10 March 2014

Find out about a new class of magnetic materials and devices.


Dr Yvette Hancock helps to unlock a 'microbial Pompeii'

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

An international team of researchers including Dr Yvette Hancock have discovered a 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old.


Quantum Information Centre launched

Posted on Tuesday 4 February 2014

University of York steps up quantum research drive


Bumper crop of high impact papers from Photonics Group

Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

Read the latest research papers from the Photonics Group


Enhanced oxidation of nanoparticles through strain-mediated ionic transport

Posted on Monday 6 January 2014

Paper on 'Enhanced oxidation of nanoparticles through strain-mediated ionic transport' features on the front cover of Nature Materials.


Breakthrough in ultrafast magnetism

Posted on Thursday 12 December 2013

Members of the York Condensed Matter Physics group (CMP) discovered the astonishing phenomenon of magnetisation reversal triggered by an ultrafast laser pulse in the absence of any externally applied field.


Atomistic simulation of advanced materials for MRAM applications

Posted on Thursday 5 December 2013

Funding awarded for research on "Atomistic simulation of advanced materials for MRAM applications"


Honour for Co-Director of York JEOL Nanocentre

Posted on Thursday 5 December 2013

Professor Pratibha Gai elected Fellow of IOM3


Chaos proves superior to order

Posted on Tuesday 21 May 2013

Work has important implications for quantum optics


Investment will power new understanding of materials

Posted on Tuesday 19 March 2013

A consortium of top UK academics is developing computer codes to provide new insights into existing and predicted materials using the national supercomputer (HECToR).


Trip to Northern Ireland boosts funding from Seagate

Posted on Friday 4 January 2013

Dr Gonzalo Vallejo Fernández, Rob Carpenter PhD student and Professor Kevin O’Grady visit Seagate Technology in Northern Ireland.


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Dr Matt Probert from York Physics leads UKCP in successful funding bid for £12m

Posted on Thursday 3 January 2013

Dr Matt Probert has successfully led a 12m grant proposal for renewed funding of the UK Car-Parrinnelo Consortium(UKCP)


Professor Pratibha Gai created L'Oreal-UNESCO Laureate

Posted on Thursday 18 October 2012

Professor Pratibha Gai is named Laureate for Europe in the L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards 2013.


Scientists' gold discovery sheds light on catalysis

Posted on Monday 13 August 2012

A physicist at the University of York has played a key role in international research which has made an important advance in establishing the catalytic properties of gold at a nano level.


York researchers create 'tornados' inside electron microscopes

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2012

Researchers from the University of York are pioneering the development of electron microscopes which will allow scientists to examine a greater variety of materials in new revolutionary ways.


Experimental images showing the repeated deterministic switching of nano islands. Initially the two nano islands have different magnetic orientation (black and white respectively). After the application of a single pulse, the magnetic direction of both islands changes. Credit: Johan Mentink & Alexey Kimel, Radboud University; Richard Evans, York
Scientists ‘record’ magnetic breakthrough

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2012

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology.


Ultrafast magnetisation reversal using the heating effect of a laser.
Major EU grant success for Physics Department

Posted on Wednesday 24 August 2011

A team in the Physics Department has been awarded a major EU grant for research into the underlying physics behind ultrafast magnetic processes.