The Center for Quantum Science at George Mason University gathers researhers from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences whose interests span condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, materials science and high energy physics. The main purpose of the Center is to stimulate the research productivity, interaction and collaboration among its members, create a collective mentoring environment for young researchers, and popularize its research areas to students and the public.
The director of the Center is Indubala Satija.
Research at the Center is funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Navy Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Specific research areas include (but are not limited to):
- condensed matter physics
- superconductivity, quantum magnetism, topological insulators
- quantum phase transitions and critical points
- quantum field theory of interacting electrons
- atomistic modeling and simulation of materials
- atomic, molecular and optical physics
- ultra-cold atoms, superfluidity, unitarity
- optical lattices, quantum simulation, artificial gauge fields
- magnetic resonance for materials characterization or for substance detection
- quantum magnetometers
- laser atomic spectroscopy, nonlinear and quantum optics
- inter-disciplinary and applied physics
- rare-earth based solid state quantum memory and quantum computation
- quantum transport in spintronic and nano-electronic devices
- non-linear dynamics