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Welcome to the homepage for the research group on quantum collective dynamics in light-matter systems, led by Dr Marzena Szymańska. We are part of the AMOPP and CMMP groups in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL and also the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Below is a summary of our research interests. More detailed information can be found on our research and publications pages.

Research concepts:
  • far from equilibrium quantum collective phenomena
  • non-equilibrium dynamics
  • dissipative and driven quantum systems
  • light-matter interactions
  • non-equilibrium phase transitions
  • superfluidity
  • disorder
  • quantum coherence, decoherence and entanglement
Systems we are interested in:
  • semiconductor microcavities, quantum wells and wires, excitons, polaritons
  • circuit and cavity QED systems
  • ultra-cold atomic gases and Feshbach resonances
  • lasers
Methods we use:
  • non-equilibrium field theory path integrals and Green functions
  • stochastic phase space methods
  • quantum optics methods: Master equations, quantum jumps, stochastic Schrödinger equations

Contact us

    email: m.szymanska at

    Postal address:

    (group member)
    Department of Physics and Astronomy,
    Wilkins Building, Office 231,
    University College London,
    Gower Street, WC1E 6BT,
    London, UK.