IRG 1: Materials Science of Quantum Phenomena in van der Waals Heterostructures


IRG1 combines two-dimensional materials into van der Waals heterostructures (vdWH) hosting emergent quantum phenomena.  IRG1 focuses on foundational materials issues underlying this goal by synthesizing the highest-purity crystals of key layered systems and creating heterostructures with ultraclean and well-characterized interfaces. This rigorous approach will provide a true understanding of fundamental structure/property relationships in vdWH that is not present in the field today. Three classes of quantum phenomena – tunable superfluids, non-equilibrium states, and topological quantum states – motivate this work.  These phenomena underpin future quantum information, sensing and computing technologies.


Faculty Leaders:  Cory Dean, Lia Krusin-Elbaum, Abhay Pasupathy

2021-2022 IRG Fellows: Madisen Holbrook, Song Liu

Participating Researchers:  Katayun Barmak, Jennifer Cano, Cory Dean, James Hone, Lia Krusin-Elbaum, Vinod Menon, Andrew Millis, Abhay Pasupathy, Sonya Smith, Maria Tamargo, Xiaoyang Zhu

Funded Postdocs: Yusong Bai (Zhu), Biswajith Datta (Menon), Madisen Holbrook (Pasupathy), Song Liu (Hone/Barmak), Kaushini Wickramasinghe (Tamargo), 

Funded Graduate Students: Abhinandan Antony (Hone), Candice Forrester (Tamargo), Luke Holtzman (Barmak/Hone), Ido Levy (Tamargo), Sara Shabani (Pasupathy), Adam Williams (Dean), Xingzhou Yan (Hone)