condensed-matter physics

[ kuhn-denst-mat-er ]

  1. the branch of physics that deals with the macroscopic physical properties of matter, especially solids; the study of the electromagnetic, structural, and thermodynamic properties of solids.

  2. this study applied to crystalline solids, amorphous solids, and liquids.

  • Also called solid-state physics .

Words Nearby condensed-matter physics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

Scientific definitions for condensed matter physics

condensed matter physics

[ kən-dĕnst ]

  1. The scientific study of the properties of solids, liquids, and other forms of matter in which atoms or particles adhere to each other or are otherwise highly concentrated. Solid-state physics is a branch of condensed matter physics. See also state of matter.

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