As a semiconductor theory group, we strongly disagree with the great master Pauli's this comment. In a way 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."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 the scientific computation of quantum physics in action. 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! Our current research interests are semiconductor quantum optics, carrier and spin dynamics – gradually more so, in collaboration with a number of local and international experimental groups.
We try to stay away from packaged software to which everybody has access to, but where one has very limited control. Not only that, most of the time what we aim to investigate do 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 on-going projects are on the spin physics and nano-NMR in self-assembled quantum dots. We welcome applicants with a strong desire for solid-state physics and scientific computing together with a commitment for hard work.