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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

CMMP 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics



Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics: The Science of the World Around Us

Released June 2007

The development of transistors, the integrated circuit, liquid-crystal displays, and even DVD players can be traced back to fundamental research pioneered in the field of condensed-matter and materials physics (CMPP). The United States has been a leader in the field, but that status is now in jeopardy. Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics, part of the Physics 2010 decadal survey project, assesses the present state of the field in the United States, examines possible directions for the 21st century, offers a set of scientific challenges for American researchers to tackle, and makes recommendations for effective spending of federal funds. This book maintains that the field of CMPP is certain to be principle to both scientific and economic advances over the next decade and the lack of an achievable plan would leave the United States behind. This book's discussion of the intellectual and technological challenges of the coming decade centers around six grand challenges concerning energy demand, the physics of life, information technology, nanotechnology, complex phenomena, and behavior far from equilibrium. Policy makers, university administrators, industry research and development executives dependent upon developments in CMPP, and scientists working in the field will find this book of interest


Committee Members and NRC Staff

Mildred Dresselhaus, Co-chair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Spencer, Co-chair, SEMATECH
Gabriel Aeppli, University College London
Samuel Bader, Argonne National Laboratory
William Bialek, Princeton University
David Bishop, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
Anthony Cheetham, University of California at Santa Barbara
James P. Eisenstein, California Institute of Technology
Hidetoshi Fukuyama, Tokyo University of Science
Laura Garwin, Harvard University (resigned from committee in October 2006)
Peter Green, University of Michigan
Frances Hellman, University of California at Berkeley (resigned from committee in September 2006)
Randall Hulet, Rice University
Heinrich Jaeger, University of Chicago
Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania
Paul McEuen, Cornell University
Karin Rabe, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers
Thomas Theis, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

NRC Staff

Donald C. Shapero, Director

Natalia Melcer, Program Officer
Phil Long, Senior Program Assistant


The committee is pleased to acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.