The (primary) research theme in the McMahon Research Group is computational condensed matter physics (see here for a description of computer simulation); however, our interests are highly interdisciplinary, involving ideas from fields such as physics, materials science, chemistry, and even computer science.
Broadly speaking, our research is involves the quantum simulations of condensed matter; more specifically:
Central to our research is an underlying, complementary effort to develop and apply novel computational approaches, in order to solve outstanding problems that are intractable with current methods.
Click here for a presentation given to the Physics 188 and 501 classes (First-Year Seminar I and Graduate Seminar, respectively) at Washington State University that describes our research. Note that this presentation is a bit outdated (Fall 2015), relative to the information on this website.