Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, is probably the best known, and most extensively characterized two-dimensional material. However, this represents just one of a larger class of van der Waals materials, in which atomic monolayers can be mechanically isolated from the bulk. By integrating these materials with one another, an exciting new opportunity has emerged in which layered heterostuctures can be fabricated with properties beyond those of the constituent materials. In this talk I will present some of our recent efforts where...
The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD.
The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. By supporting multidisciplinary teams, the program is complementary to other DoD basic research programs that support university research through single-investigator awards.
PQI faculty Wensheng Vincent Liu has received a five-year $1.42 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to predict and understand topological phases of quantum atomic matter (i.e., a cold ensemble of interacting atoms) under novel conditions, well beyond the standard regimes.
While the research is theoretical in nature, the findings are expected to motivate and guide ongoing and future experiments in atomic, molecular, and optical physics, as well as provide the models for engineering novel electronic materials of the desired quantum properties in condensed matter physics. The acquired new knowledge has the potential to find applications in the future generation of precision quantum-based devices and possibly topological quantum computers and communication technology.