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.
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.
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)
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