The quantum many body problem in condensed matter is one of the grand challenges for 21st century physics. New states with striking properties emerge from the collective behaviour of interacting electrons in materials. Some of these materials lie at the heart of electronic devices that play an important part in our lives. Others are at the edge of our present understanding and will form the basis of future technologies — for instance systems whose electrons are “strongly correlated”. Due to the intrinsic difficulty of this field, an effective strategy for the discovery, understanding, and design of new strongly-correlated materials will increasingly involve experimentalists and theorists working closely together. This is the aim of the Hubbard Theory Consortium (HTC).
The HTC was founded in 2010 by Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) within the framework of the South East Physics network (SEPnet) and in partnership with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell (including the ISIS Facilities and the Diamond Light Source) and with the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).
The HTC brings together condensed matter theorists in a growing and inclusive consortium to work in close collaboration with experimentalists using world-leading facilities at
- the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell (including the ISIS Facilities and the Diamond Light Source)
- the London Centre for Nanotechnology
- the Department of Physics at RHUL
In addition, the HTC aims to act as a hub of excellence to promote interactions with leading theorists and experimentalists from all over the world.
The HTC is a member branch of the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM-I2CAM).