Condensed Matters is an initiative by a group of PhD students at the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heriot-Watt, as a part of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (CM-CDT).

We are seeking to introduce the fascinating world of condensed matter physics to a broad audience, and explain about the fun scientific research that intrigues us and why we are doing it. We hope to encourage some interest and curiosity about the physics in the labs and the physics in the world around us, and tell some stories about the secret lives of us, condensed matter physicists.

The success of the first issue of Condensed Matters in 2014 has led to a series of themed releases: The experiments at Extreme Pressure (Issue 2, 2015) and what they tell us about the insides of planets; The physics of Soft Matter (Issue 3, 2015) – various squishy things, goos, animals, and biomolecules (to name a few!); Tuning our minds to think about very small and strange things in very strange ways called Quantum Thinking (Issue 4, 2016); The curious case of Superconductivity (Issue 5, 2016) and where it comes from, as well as its powerful consequences for present day technology. The latest release Physics of the Extremes (Issue 6, 2017) coincides with a transition of Condensed Matters to its new embodiment on this website. The issue explores some of the most extreme corners of the Universe from a physicists’ point of view.

What is the CM-CDT?

The CM-CDT is a collaboration between Edinburgh, St Andrews, and Heriot-Watt universities dedicated to providing PhD students with a rigorous and broad graduate education across the spectrum of condensed matter physics. We are a vibrant international community with students from around the world, working on a range of cutting-edge research topics, including quantum technology, biological processes, materials in extreme conditions and superconductivity.


Writing for us:

We invite you to submit your writing to Condensed Matters. If you are interested, please get in touch with us at condensedmatters.cdt@gmail.com with a proposed topic and length of your article.

We welcome articles on any topic in physics, history of physics, physics and technology or physics and education. Since our goal is to deliver physics to society, the writing style should be non-technical and accessible to a broad audience. You may submit both long (500-1500 words) and short (200-500) pieces of writing.

Joining the editorial team:

Interested in joining us? We would like you to get in touch at condensedmatters.cdt@gmail.com!


Header image: Bose-Einstein condensate, NIST/JILA/CU-Boulder. Public domain image. Source: https://patapsco.nist.gov/imagegallery/details.cfm?imageid=193