Dmitri N. Basov, Columbia University
Programmable Quantum Materials
Experimentally realizing quantum phases of matter and controlling their properties is a central goal of the physical sciences. Novel quantum phases with controllable properties are essential for new electronic, photonic, and energy management technologies needed to address the growing societal demands for rapid and energy efficient information processing and transduction. Quantum materials offer particularly appealing opportunities for the implementation of on-demand quantum phases. This class of materials host interacting many-body electronic systems featuring an intricate interplay of topology, reduced dimensionality, and strong correlations that leads to the emergence of “quantum matter’’ exhibiting macroscopically observable quantum effects over a vast range of length and energy scales. In this talk I will overview recent efforts to discover, characterize and deploy new forms of quantum matter controllable by light, gating, and nano-mechanical manipulation, effectively programming their properties. I will focus on enticing opportunities to investigate novel quantum phenomena using nascent nano-optical methods developed in my group.
About Dmitri Basov
Dmitri N. Basov (PhD 1991) is a Higgins Professor of Physics at Columbia University and the Director of the Department of Energy Frontiers Research Center on Programmable Quantum Materials. He served as professor (1997-2016) and Chair of Physics (2010-2015) at the University of California, San Diego. Basov’s research interests include physics of quantum materials, superconductivity, two-dimensional materials and infrared nano-optics. Basov’s prizes and awards include the Sloan Fellowship (1999), Genzel Prize (2014), Humboldt Research Award (2009), Frank Isakson Prize, American Physical Society (2012), Moore Investigator (2014) and K.J. Button Prize (2019).