This is Condensed Matters, a website run by students of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics to share interesting stories about themes related to condensed matter.
What is condensed matter?
Condensed Matter Physics is a broad term that encompasses a lot of different areas of physics. Generally, it considers what happens when a large number of atoms are interacting with one another. This can include quantum interactions between small groups of atoms, or the physical properties of macroscopic materials.
The images above show (l-r): an example from soft-matter physics of colloidal particles interacting with a liquid crystal, a device made using atomic layer deposition, and a dilution refrigerator used to study superconducting materials at cryogenic temperatures. All of these fall under the theme of condensed matter.
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Investigating materials under extreme conditions requires some clever engineering. Here we look at how low pressure (vacuum) and high pressure environments are created.