Quantum Condensed Matter

Neutron scattering is a uniquely powerful probe for measuring the structure and dynamics of condensed matter. As such it is broadly applicable to many important forefront problems in quantum materials. Much of the science conducted by users and ORNL staff emphasizes materials with emergent properties that are manifestly quantum in origin. Some examples of current interests include:

  • Superconductivity
  • Multiferroicity
  • Low-dimensional and frustrated magnetism
  • Orbital fluctuations
  • Quantum criticality
  • Topological insulators
  • New states of matter

Our scientists also develop and apply new neutron instruments and methods for the benefit of our users and the global scientific community.

Research Highlights

SNS researchers overcome the freezing sample problem in biostudies

Research heats up when things get cold

Studying biosamples at supercold temperatures, such as 200 Kelvin  (-73.15°C), has been impossible in the past, as the water in such solutions inevitably freezes, and with it, the biosample's dynamic interactions. How to keep biosamples from...

Comprehensive phonon "map" offers direction for engineering new thermoelectric devices

If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic on a hot, sunny afternoon, you might have noticed the rippling effect caused by the release of even hotter exhaust fumes. If so, you’ve watched opportunity drift away.

Automobiles, power plants, laptops, and many other machines produce heat...