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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Examples of physics research projects at Massey University.
A European/New Zealand collaboration has resulted in a new theory around the physical characteristics of Chladni solitons.
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.
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Last updated on Friday 23 June 2017
Professor - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study