Computational physicist Sharon Glotzer is uncovering the rules by which complex collective phenomena emerge from simple building blocks.

# Articles tagged condensed matter physics

### Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles

A new class of quantum particle is about to emerge from the tangled considerations of quantum statistics.

### Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Topology

Three physicists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for rewriting our understanding of exotic quantum states on the surfaces of materials.

### An Explorer of Quantum Borderlands

Suchitra Sebastian’s searches for quantum anomalies have led to the potential discovery of a new building block of matter.

### The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

In a virtuoso experiment, physicists have revealed details of a “quantum critical point” that underlies high-temperature superconductivity.

### Taming Superconductors With String Theory

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of high-temperature superconductors.

### Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists

At super-low temperatures, a crystal called samarium hexaboride behaves in an unexplained, imagination-stretching way.

### Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

A scientist at Bell Labs has started construction of a topological qubit, which could be the building block of a robust, scalable quantum computer.

### Decoding the Secrets of Superconductivity

Experimentalists have pinpointed the microscopic structure of waves inside high-temperature superconductors, which could be the key to understanding the complex materials.

### Signs of a Stranger, Deeper Side to Nature’s Building Blocks

New findings suggest that beneath the surface of quantum theory lies a vibrant string theory world where some matter corresponds to black holes in higher dimensions.