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

2023-2024 IRG Fellows: Jesse Balgley, Madisen Holbrook

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

Postdocs: Eric Arsenault (Zhu), Jesse Balgley (Hone), Biswajit Datta (Menon), Taketo Handa (Zhu), Madisen Holbrook (Hone/Pasupathy), Itai Keren (Pasupathy), Jisoo Moon (Tamargo), Jinho Park (Hone), Kaushini Wickramasinghe (Tamargo), Tatiana Webb (Pasupathy)

Graduate Students: Jacob Amontree (Hone), Entela Buzi (Krusin-Elbaum), Ted Chung (Hone), Candice Forrester (Tamargo), Luke Holtzman (Barmak/Hone), Valerie Hsieh (Dean), Ayesha Lakra (Krusin-Elbaum), Nick Olsen (Zhu), Jordan Pack (Dean), Yuan Song (Pasupathy), Afrin Tamana (Krusin-Elbaum), Aya Batoul Tazi (Pasupathy), Adam Williams (Dean), Xuehao Wu (Pasupathy), Xingzhou Yan (Hone), Jiawei Zang (Millis)