- Associate Professor of Physics
Analytical and large scale numerical techniques of condensed matter theory are used to study a wide range of fundamental and applied problems. One of the theme of our research is the role played by the introduction of a new length scale into a physical system. One important example is the finite size of the physical system. This includes finite size scaling in critical phenomena of bulk, surfaces and interfaces. Another example is the dependences of mechanical properties of nanostructures and nanostructured composites. The properties of gases and fluids are also affected by the size of the confinement geometry in unexpected but interesting ways. A new length scale can also be introduced in formation of superlattices in periodic composites, affecting the bandstructures for the electrons, photons, and phonons.
Other research topics include quantum chaos, neural networks, metals and semiconductors, fluids and gases in biological systems.
K. Mon and J. Percus, "Virial Expansion and Liquid-Vapor Critical Points of High Dimensional Classical Fluids," J. Chem. Phys. 110, 2734 (1999).
K. Mon and J. Percus, "Hardsphere Fluids in Very Narrow Cylindrical Pores," J. Chem. Phys. 112, 3457 (2000).
K. Mon, "Hardsphere Perturbation Theory of Dense Fluids with Singular Perturbation," J. Chem. Phys. 112, 3245 (2000).