Condensed-Matter Physics Simulations

This website contains a number of applets that resulted from student projects in the undergraduate course "Modern Condensed-Matter Physics", which was taught for the first time in Spring 2006 by Prof. Carsten Ullrich at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Most of the Java programming and website development was carried out with the help of MU undergraduate Scott Fines.

The applets cover a diverse range of phenomena in condensed-matter physics, and are free for download (including source code) under the Gnu Public License. To run the applets, your computer must have Java installed (which can be downloaded here).

The following simulations are available:

  • Quantum Well (conduction subbands and envelope functions in a square quantum well)
  • Mixed-State (time evolution of a mixed quantum mechanical state in a square well)
  • Tunneling Diode (transmission coefficient of a resonant tunneling diode)
  • FQHE (illustrates the composite-fermion picture of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect)
A full commentary for each simulation, including suggested exercises, is under currently under development.

Please feel free to contact us with any comments and suggestions.

This work was supported by NSF grant DMR-0553485 and by a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award.

nsf research corporation

Last modified: February 27, 2007