Quantum mechanics with a twist

Adviser: Dganit Meidan

advertised on Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Project description

 

Topological materials are an exotic state of quantum matter, which derive their emergent attributes from a geometrical property of their electronic wave function. This purely quantum mechanical effect gives rise to a multitude of physical phenomena including the formation of protected gapless states, quantized transport and pumping properties, fractionalisation of the fundamental unit of charge, exotic exchange statistics, and relativistic dynamics all within a solid state system.

Topological materials provide new platforms for exploring fundamental science questions, and hold promise for a multitude of applications including the possibility to encode and manipulate quantum information in a way that is inherently protected against decoherence.

This theoretical project will explore the quantum mechanical attributes of topological phases of matter and their unique transport and pumping properties.