The group studies novel manifestations of quantum mechanics in solids. It is fascinating to see a bizarre quantum phenomenon appear in what one might expect to be a mundane, familiar solid object. The research is theoretical, but we often work in close collaboration with experimentalists. Some specific projects include

(1) Quantum computation - is it possible to make a working solid state quantum computer?

(2) Electron correlation effects in superconductors - how do the current vortices in a superconductor move?

(3) Quantum confinement - how does an electron behave when it finds itself contained in a small solid like a nanocrystal or nanotube, whose size is comparable to the electron's wavelength?

In general, research problems are addressed both analytically and computationally.