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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.



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Senior Fellow Andrea Damascelli uses spectroscopic and x-ray scattering techniques to study the low-energy electronic structure of quantum materials


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.

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Crystals like these produced in Senior Fellow Bruce Gaulin’s Growth Crystal Lab at McMaster University are used to study phenomena such as high-temperature superconductivity. (Credit: Thomas Van Ryzewk)

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


Next Program Meeting: April 2019


CIFAR Director:
Daniel Bacinello

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

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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

IanAffleck

Ian Affleck

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

Yoichi Ando

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Cologne
  • Germany
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Alexandre Blais

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
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Immanuel F. Bloch

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics
  • Ludwig-Maximilians University
  • Germany
DougBonn

Doug Bonn

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

Collin Broholm

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • United States
QM_DavidBroun

David Broun

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
QIS_RaffiBudakian

Raffi Budakian

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
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Robert Cava

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Princeton University
  • United States
AndreaDamascelli

Andrea Damascelli

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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Eugene A. Demler

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Steve Dodge

Steve Dodge

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Ian Fisher

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
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Joshua Folk

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

Patrick Fournier

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
QM_MarcelFranz

Marcel Franz

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

Bruce D. Gaulin

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_GuillaumeGervais

Guillaume Gervais

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McGill University
  • Canada
QM_MichelGingras

Michel J. P. Gingras

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QM_DavidHawthorn

David G. Hawthorn

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QM_JenniferHoffman

Jennifer Hoffman

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States
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Randall G. Hulet

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Rice University
  • United States
QM_KarynLehur

Karyn Le Hur

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • École polytechnique and CNRS
  • France
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Harold Y. Hwang

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
QM_TakashiImai

Takashi Imai

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_StephenJulian

Stephen R. Julian

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Catherine Kallin

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_KeeHaeYong

Hae-Young Kee

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_BernhardKeimer

Bernhard Keimer

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
  • Germany
QM_YongBaekKim

Yong Baek Kim

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_StevenKivelson

Steven Kivelson

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
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Gabriel Kotliar

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Rutgers University
  • United States
QM_LindsayLeBlanc

Lindsay J. LeBlanc

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
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Ruixing Liang

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

Gilbert Lonzarich

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Cambridge University
  • United Kingdom
QM_LukeGraeme

Graeme Luke

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_JosephMaciejko

Joseph Maciejko

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
QM_YoshiteruMaeno

Yoshiteru Maeno

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Kyoto University
  • Japan
QM_AndrewMillis

Andrew Millis

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Columbia University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Kathryn A. Moler

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Johnpierre Paglione

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

Arun Paramekanti

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_CedomirPetrovic

Cedomir Petrovic

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • United States
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Cyril Proust

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Laboratoire national des champs magnétiques intenses
  • France
QM_SubirSachdev

Subir Sachdev

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States
GeorgeSawatzky

George A. Sawatzky

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

Douglas Scalapino

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • United States
QM_JeffSonier

Jeff E. Sonier

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
QM_JosephThywissen

Joseph H. Thywissen

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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Thomas Timusk

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_SenthilTodadri

Senthil Todadri

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

André-Marie Tremblay

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
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John Y. T. Wei

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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Hai-Hu Wen

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • China
QM_ChrisWiebe

Christopher Wiebe

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Canada
QM_FeiZhou

Fei Zhou

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

Advisors

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J. C. Séamus Davis

  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Quantum Materials
  • Cornell University
  • United States
QM_GeorgesAntoine

Antoine Georges

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Collège de France
  • France
QM_RichardGreene

Richard L. Greene

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Maryland
  • United States
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Andrew Peter Mackenzie

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
  • Germany
QM_JochenMannhart

Jochen Mannhart

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
  • Germany
QM_TakagiHidenori

Hidenori Takagi

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
  • Germany

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

QM_JudyCha

Judy Cha

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017
  • Quantum Materials
  • Yale University
  • United States
QM_KateRoss

Kate A. Ross

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016
  • Quantum Materials
  • Colorado State University
  • United States
QM_LuyiYang

Luyi Yang

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

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