Condensed Matter Physics is a relatively new field
, or term, in modern Physics
. Formerly known as Solid State Physics
, Condensed Matter Physics brings the study
, liquid metals
, molten salts
, liquid crystals
, and all other manner of uncategorized matter
together. A working definition
for Condensed Matter Physics is the study of matter
at length scales greater than the atom.
Condensed Matter Physics is a very significant and intricate subheading under the blanket term Physics. Condensed Matter Physics applies directly to topics in nuclear physics, complex fluids, colloids, nanotechnology, semiconductors, superconductors, electrorheological fluids, and a variety of other topics on the cutting edge of the Physical Sciences.
Condensed Matter Physics is essential in understanding how the physical laws governing atoms and molecules at a microscopic level come together to impact and create the natural phenomena we observe at the macroscopic level.
A small sampling of current topics in Condensed Matter Physics follow: