Quantum Materials as a Resource

Who: Jorn Venderbos, Drexel University
Monday, March 28, 2022 - 3:30pm

A Pitt/CMU Colloquium

Abstract: The study of quantum materials has emerged as a rapidly developing field of condensed matter and materials physics. Quantum materials are materials that have properties and exhibit phenomena deeply rooted in the laws of quantum physics, which potentially allows us to exploit these laws for future applications in quantum-based energy and computing technology. Furthermore, in addition to providing a desirable resource, quantum materials also offer unique insight into the fundamental and building blocks of matter and the principles that govern them. In this talk I will introduce and discuss some of the key ideas that motivate and drive quantum materials research, emphasizing in particular on some of my own interests in strongly correlated materials---materials in which the constituent electronic degrees of freedom are strongly interacting. I will focus on two tantalizing platforms for studying quantum behavior in solid state systems---graphene-based moiré materials and quantum magnets---and show how these realize a compelling experimental venue for studying new types of ordering phenomena and collective behavior.

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