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The Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—ranked among the top ten in the U.S. by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences—is physics on the cutting edge of research and education. Our mission is to serve the people of the State of Illinois, the nation, and the world through leadership in physics research, science education, public outreach, and professional service.

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  • Naibert, Tyler R (2017-07-03)
    Vortices and vortex lattices play a major role in determining the transport properties of type-II superconductors[1–3], and enable a platform to investigate exotic superconducting physics[4,5]. The study of vortex matter ...


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  • Wen, Xueda (2017-07-06)
    Quantum entanglement plays an important role in characterizing the property of many-body systems and quantum field theories. In this thesis, we study the quantum entanglement in (1+1)-dimensional critical systems and ...


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  • Hsieh, Chang-Tse (2017-07-11)
    We present the correspondence between symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases and their anomalous boundary states, based on examples in various spacetime dimensions. Through the study of the effect of interactions on ...


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  • You, Yizhi (2017-05-19)
    In this thesis, I will first derive and study the effective field theories of isotropic-nematic quantum phase transitions of Quantum states. The low-energy theory of the nematic field has z=2 dynamics due to a Berry phase ...


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  • Decker, Karl Steven (2017-06-02)
    A detailed characterization of the physics of novel nanopore systems has the potential to revolutionize water filtration, nanofluidics, and biomolecule detection technologies. I give my characterizations of five nanopore ...


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