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Department of Physics Colloquium - Cooper Lecture

Monday, May 2, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Central Campus

General Physics Colloquium and Cooper Lecture, Professor Allan MacDonald, The University of Texas at Austin

Title:  The Magic of Moiré Materials

Host:  Debanjan Chowdhury

Abstract:  Two-dimensional crystals that are overlaid with a difference in lattice constant or a relative twist form a moiré pattern.  In semiconductors and semimetals, the low-energy electronic properties of these systems are described by Hamiltonians that have the periodicity of the moiré pattern, opening up a strategy to make artificial two-dimensional crystals with lattice constants on the ten nm scale.  I refer to these artificial crystals as moiré materials.  Because of their large lattice constants, the band filling factors of moiré materials can be tuned over large ranges without introducing chemical dopants simply by using electrical gates.  Moiré materials, can be used to flexibly simulate the physics of real atomic scale crystals, and to create new states of matter.   I will survey progress that has been made in understanding the low-temperature properties of the first moiré materials - twisted graphene systems in which electron velocities vanish at discrete magic angles and two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide stacks that simulate atomic scale Hubbard model physics – and speculate on future directions.

Dial-In Information

This talk will also be available via Zoom, and the link will be emailed to the Physics listserv the week of the talk.  If you are not on the listserv, please contact Sue Sullivan at by Monday at 3:00 pm to request the link.

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