As a semiconductor theory group, we strongly disagree with the great master Pauli's this comment. One can say that semiconductor physics was misjudged even "before" its birth. This is a field that constantly attracts attention due to ever-increasing technological applications, and for us more importantly because of its fundamental challenges and richness. As a matter of fact we think that the technological collonization of semiconductor physics, with all its premiums, has somewhat dulled the field which has become virtually synonymous with device physics. As a revamp we favor its cross-fertilization, specifically with AMO physics and quantum information."It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too", E. Wigner
Our daily work involves both theoretical formulation as well as its scientific computation. The biggest excitement here is to "see" the inner workings of a real (dirty) semiconductor system: electrons, nuclei, phonons, photons, spins, and all sorts of their interactions in various settings. And in some occasions, be the first to witness this! Most of the time what we aim to compute does not even exist in these canned software, so we have to develop it in-house. Under harsh competition this can be risky, but definitely enjoyable and rewarding scientifically (though not always in publication count).
Our research is currently targetted toward the emerging solid-state quantum information technologies – gradually more so, in collaboration with a number of local and international experimental groups. We welcome applicants with a strong desire for solid-state/quantum physics and scientific computing together with a commitment for hard work.