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Quantum Materials

Overview

The progress of human civilization is intertwined with its ability to make and use materials. We even distinguish the ages of humans by the material innovations made from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and now the Silicon Age.



This program is working towards bringing on the Quantum Age. It explores the fundamental science behind quantum matter — the resource for the quantum technologies that will define the 21st century. These technologies could include room-temperature superconductors that would carry electricity without any loss and revolutionize power transmission. Or quantum tech could include the quantum computer that would exploit the entanglement of multiple electrons, resulting in a powerful way to manipulate information. And there are the quantum materials innovations we cannot yet imagine.

This program includes researchers with three areas of expertise: materials scientists who create new materials; experimentalists who probe materials’ properties; and theorists who invent new concepts and develop our mathematical understanding. Together, they will develop the next big breakthroughs.

Information for CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Applicants

The Quantum Materials program brings together three types of experts – materials scientists, experimentalists, and theorists – to explore and advance the frontiers of physics defined by the concepts of entanglement, topology and emergence. The research agenda is structured around four main thrusts: quantum spin liquids; topological materials; the pseudogap phase of cuprate superconductors; and strange metals. These topics represent the most prominent examples of quantum physics acting at macroscopic scales, where conventional models and approaches have failed to describe key observations, and where startling new experiments pose deep questions.

The Quantum Materials program addresses the conundrum by developing new tools, new models, and new materials to unveil the working principles of such highly quantum matter. By furthering the fundamental understanding, we anticipate revolutionary advances may be made in fundamental science and in new quantum applications. The research of this program is pursued via specific studies of crystalline solids and two-dimensional Van der Waals materials, using the latest experimental tools and theoretical advances. Participants in Quantum Materials are driven to integrate theory, synthesis and experiment together in pursuit of the program’s goals.

SELECTED PAPERS



Ohtomo, A., and H.Y. Hwang, H.Y. "A high-mobility electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface." Nature 427 (2004) : 423-426. abstract

Doiron-Leyraud, N. et al. "Quantum oscillations and the Fermi surface in an underdoped high-Tc superconductor." Nature 447 (200&) : 565-568. Abstract

Dalidovich, D. et al. “Spin structure factor of the frustrated quantum magnet Cs2CuCl4,” Physical Review B 73, 18 (2006). Abstract

LeBoeuf, D. et al. “Electron pockets in the Fermi surface of hole-doped high-Tc superconductors,” Nature 450 (2007). Abstract

Daou, R. et al. “Broken rotational symmetry in the pseudogap phase of a high-Tc superconductor,” Nature 463 (2010) : 519-522. Abstract

Comin, R. et al. “Charge Order Driven by Fermi-Arc Instability in Bi2Sr2−xLaxCuO6+δ,” Science 343, 6169 (2014): 390-392. Abstract

Founded in: 1987


Members: 67


Renewal Dates: 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012


Partners:
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Disciplines:
Condensed matter and quantum physics; atomic, chemical and computational physics; nanomaterials and materials engineering 


Contact: Daniel Bacinello

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

QM_LouisTaillefer
Louis Taillefer
Program Co-Director

Louis Taillefer investigates why some materials exhibit remarkable electronic properties, such as magnetism and superconductivity. In the last decade, he has specialized in superconductors, materials that conduct electricity without any resistance. 

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Leon Balents
Program Co-Director

Leon Balents is a theoretical physicist who works broadly in the area of correlated electron systems, quantum magnetism and complex materials.

Fellows

QM_JamesAnalytis

James Analytis

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
Armitage_BW

N. Peter Armitage

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • John Hopkins University
  • United States
AndreaDamascelli

Andrea Damascelli

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Felser_BW

Claudia Felser

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
  • Germany
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Joshua Folk

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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Liang Fu

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BruceGaulin

Bruce D. Gaulin

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_PabloJarilloHerroro

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
QM_KeeHaeYong

Hae-Young Kee

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Nakatsuji-BW

Satoru Nakatsuji

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Tokyo
  • Japan
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Johnpierre Paglione

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Maryland
  • United States
Ross_BW

Kate A. Ross

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Colorado State University
  • United States
QM_SubirSachdev

Subir Sachdev

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States

Advisors

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Nigel Hussey

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Radboud University (RU) and University of Bristol (UoB)
  • Netherlands (RU) and the United Kingdom (UoB)
QM_AllanMacdonald

Allan Macdonald

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • United States
QM_RoserValenti

Roser Valenti

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Germany

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

QM_JudyCha

Judy Cha

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Quantum Materials
  • Yale University
  • United States
QM_LuyiYang

Luyi Yang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada

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