Physics research

Physics seeks to understand the physical universe in the most fundamental way. The Massey University Institute of Natural and Fundamental Sciences physics group has wide research interests and an inter-disciplinary focus.


Areas of expertise

Quantum physics

Quantum physics

Quantum mechanics is relevant to all physical processes at a fundamental level. We study the theory of quantum many-body systems and consider realisations of quantum heat engines, quantum entanglement and Schrodinger-cat states with ultra-cold atoms or in electronic devices.

 

Condensed matter

Condensed matter

We study phase transitions, both by Monte-Carlo simulations of the melting of weakly interacting systems as well as critical phenomena in non-equilibrium and quantum phase transitions with ultra-cold atoms. Further topics include polariton condensates, quantum dots and Josephson junction networks.

 

Computational physics

Computational physics

Methods we employ and develop are parallel tempering Monte-Carlo codes, hierarchical wave-function methods, stochastic c-field techniques, symplectic integrators for coupled ODEs, generalised Newton routines for quasiperiodic dynamics, gauge fixing algorithms, and Monte Carlo integration.

Hadronic physics

Hadronic physics

We seek to understand the forces that that bind protons and neutrons in order to understand the structure of everyday matter.  In particular we seek to characterise the vacuum of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and engage in nonperturbative quantum electrodynamics.

Nonlinear waves

Nonlinear waves

We focus on solitons, vortices and breather and q-breather excitations in quantum gases, liquids and lattices, and on the dynamics of interacting waves in disordered media. The work is applied to ultra-cold atoms, nonlinear optics, polariton condensates, and Josephson junction networks.


Research projects 

Examples of physics research projects at Massey University.

A novel research project is leading the world of quantum simulation, in an attempt to reveal the very origins of the universe.

A European/New Zealand collaboration has resulted in a new theory around the physical characteristics of Chladni solitons.

Staff of the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics

Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics

The Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics has some of the best theoretical and computational chemists and physicists in Australasia, studying complex systems, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum chromodynamics, electronic structure theory and mathematical chemistry and physics.

KEY CONTACT

  • Prof Joachim Brand

    Prof Joachim Brand

    Professor - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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Our people working in this area

  • Dr Joshua Bodyfelt

    Dr Joshua Bodyfelt

    Research Officer - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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  • Dr Patrick Bowman

    Dr Patrick Bowman

    Senior Lecturer in Physics - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    Associate Programme Director for the Bachelor of Sciences - College of Sciences

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  • Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger

    Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger

    Head of Institute - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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