Condensed Matter

The Department of Physics pursues an exceptionally broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research in condensed matter physics. The topics include defect characterization, ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, fuel cells, interfacial growth, magnetism (bulk and thin film), nanotechnology, phase transitions, spintronics, superconductivity, structural studies using x-ray and neutron diffraction, and specimen synthesis including single-crystal and thin-film growth.

State-of-the art experimental facilities at MSU enable measurements to temperatures as low as 0.3 K. We are leaders in the measurement of thermal expansion, using a novel device developed at MSU that is capable of detecting sub-angstrom length changes of specimens to study phase transitions and critical phenomena with superb resolution. Our Ion Beams Laboratory conducts experiments on thin films and buried solid-solid interfaces to reveal fundamental properties and growth mechanics of importance for fuel cells and electronic devices. Ceramics for fuel cells are fabricated and tested for their electrical properties. The spectroscopy group investigates defects in advanced materials at the atomic level using a host of techniques such as EPR, ENDOR and optical spectroscopy, with the goal of engineering new properties for novel applications in photonics and information technology. The Center of Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials utilizes biological molecules as templates for the synthesis of nanoparticles with unusual physical properties; this interdisciplinary effort thrives on close collaboration among biologists, chemists, and physicists at MSU. Somes experiments are also conducted at facilities such as the High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The research groups in condensed matter physics are as follows:

Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory (ICAL)
Dr Recep Avci, Professor of Physics

Magnetic Nanostructure Growth and Characterization Facility

Dr Yves Idzerda, Professor of Physics

Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

Dr Galina Malovichko, Associate Professor of Physics


High-resolution thermal expansion cell developed at Montana State University. Constructed entirely of fused quartz, with egligible thermal expansion. Expansion of the sample changes the spacing between the capacitor plates

Superconductivity and Magnetism in Novel Materials
Dr John Neumeier, Professor of Physics

Superconductivity, Superfluidity, Magnetism
Dr Vorontsov, Assistant Professor 

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Electro-Active Materials Laboratory
Dr Hugo Schmidt, Professor Emeritus of Physics 

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Faculty Participating in Condensed Matter Programs:

Recep Avci,  Ph.D

Research Professor

Phone: 406-994-4199
Email: avci@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 264, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Nick Childs,  Ph.D

Assistant Teaching Professor

Phone: 406-994-7317
Email: nicholas.childs@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 247, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Rufus L. Cone,  Ph.D

Distinguished Professor, Letters and Science

Phone: 406-994-6175
Email:
rufus.cone@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 207, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Valentyn Grachov (Grachev),  Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist

Phone: 406-994-3386
Email: valentyn.grochov@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 237A, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Yves Idzerda,  Ph.D

Professor, Department Head

Phone: 406-994-7838
Email: idzerda@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 264C, Montana State University, Bozeman MT, 59717-3840, MT

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Gerald J. Lapeyre,  Ph.D

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 406-994-6155
Email: gerald.lapeyre@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 213, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Roger Macfarlane,  Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist

Phone: 406-994-4363
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Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 209, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Galina Malovichko,  Ph.D

Associate Professor

Phone: 406-994-3474
Email: malovichko@physics.montana.edu

Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 243, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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John J. Neumeier,  Ph.D

Professor

Phone: 406-994-6171
Email: neumeier@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS), Room 238, MSU Box 173840, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Caroline Richard,  Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phone: 406-994-6308
Email: caroline.richard@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) 212, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Paul Rugheimer,  Ph.D

Assistant Teaching Professor

Phone: 406-994-7655
Email: paul.rugheimer@montana.edu 
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 213, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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V. Hugo Schmidt,  Ph.D

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 406-994-6173
Email: v.schmidt@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 240, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Richard J. Smith,  Ph.D

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 406-994-6152
Email: rjsmith@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 264C, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Anton Vorontsov,  Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Phone: 406-994-6573
Email: anton.vorontsov@montana.edu
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 214, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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