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How could quantum technologies transform our society?

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

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James Analytis

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
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Peter Armitage

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • John Hopkins University
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Alexandre Blais

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

Andrea Damascelli

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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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
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Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Hae-Young Kee

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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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
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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
  • University of Windsor
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Allan Macdonald

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Texas at Austin
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Roser Valenti

  • Advisor
  • Quantum Materials
  • Goethe University Frankfurt

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

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Judy Cha

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

Luyi Yang

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

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