Symposium MQ03—Predictive Synthesis and Advanced Characterization of Emerging Quantum Materials
Quantum materials are a broad category of materials system in condensed matter physics, where the materials behaviors are governed by quantum phenomena that emerge from the complex interactions between the orbital, charge, orbital, lattice and spin degrees of freedom. In recent years, quantum materials are attracting enormous attention due to the enormous fundamental breakthroughs and meanwhile promising applications to achieve dissipationless electronic states.
Despite the complexity, one dominant driving force for quantum materials is the synthesis. For instance, the quantum Hall effect, high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the recently Fe-based superconductors are all first grown in lab with mechanism still not fully resolved. Synthesis of quantum materials always brings unexpected excitement. On the other hand, the characterization plays another key role to bridge the material to the very quantum property.
Given the central importance of synthesis and the rapid development of characterization methods in quantum materials, we feel obliged to organize a symposium to address the vast opportunities and challenges, that how the research of quantum materials can benefit from synthesis and a characterization perspective. We envision this symposium to highlight most recent progress, applications and forefront challenges in synthesizing various types of quantum materials, such as novel semiconductors and metals with non-trivial topology, in bulk, thin film and two-dimensional form. We emphasize the recent progress in materials characterization methods, such as angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), free electron laser, among other emerging novel spectroscopies. Particular attention will be paid on the strategy on synthesizing novel quantum materials, as well as the emerging new tools for quantum materials which are not available even a few years ago. The goal of this symposium is to provide an interactive forum to facilitate materials scientists in various fields to quickly digest the exciting recent progress of quantum materials with reduced knowledge barrier. Specific sessions will be organized regarding the scientific theme topics rather than with the similarity of a category of materials to benefit cross-fertilization. A couple of sessions will focus on recent methodological advances of the characterization capabilities to probe the charge, spin or lattice degrees of freedom with unprecedented detail.