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Our group works on cutting edge problems in the broad areas of condensed matter and materials physics.

Computational methods based on atomistic and finite element methods are used and developed to investigate properties of novel materials and devices. We are also engaged with analytical theories for modeling novel quantum processes.

Our focus is on emerging problems in transport, light-matter phenomena, and energy applications.

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New Book Published:

Contemporary Quantum Mechanics in Practice: Problems and Solutions,

     L. M. Woods and P. Rodriguez Lopez (2024, Cambridge University Press) 

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/contemporary-quantum-mechanics-in-practice/BA3C0FEEE41B1EC59F9F68CACAEA1982 

Trail Blazers Event at USF 

The Trail Blazers speaker series highlights leading faculty at the College of Arts and Sciences. This year, Prof. Woods was featured as a speaker presenting "The Quantum Leap: Unveiling the Future of Computing and its Potential Effects in Our Lives" 

https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/alumni-giving/trail-blazers/index.aspx 

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Paper in Materials Research Bulletin

Quaternary chalcogenides continue with their surprises. A new spinel CuInSnS4 can host different types of disorder, and their peculiar properties may be attractive to thermoelectrics and photovoltaics.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2024.112888

Paper in Advanced Materials

A collaborative paper demonstrating that high entropy alloys can improve hydrogen catalytic reaction.

https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202304867 

Paper in Advanced Photonics Research

Collaborative work showing upcoversion of infrared light by graphitic systems - results are supported by a theoretical model.

https://doi.org/10.1002/adpr.202300326 

DS Award for Dr. Le

Dr. Le has been selected by the APS as a DS awardee for the March Meeting 2024.

 

Congratulations!

His award will allow him to travel to Minneapolis and present his work on light-matter interactions in materials.

Paper in Physical Review Research

Check out our new coupled nonlinear dipole approach showing that optical nonlinearities can be quite important for the ubiquitous van der Waals interactions in materials!

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevResearch.6.013289

Paper in Physical Review B

A collaborative paper on complex Casimir phenomena in carbon nanotube metasurfaces - check it out!

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.109.035422

Paper in J of Alloys and Compounds

Chalcogenide semiconductors continue to be of interest to various communities and in our paper we examine a series of new materials and their electronic and phonon properties computationally.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2023.172399

Paper in Inorganic Chemistry

Long Ma did a great job performing simulations on a new material made of earth-abundant constituents. Excellent collaborations with experimentalists!

https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.3c02354

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