During Fall 2020, seminars will be posted on this calendar and take place via Zoom. To join the mailing list and get the link, email Jennifer Cano (first email@example.com)
The CQM Distinguished Lecture series has been established in the Fall of 2015 to bring to Stony Brook University the renowned experts in the physics of quantum matter.
May – September 2020
Title: Electrons, Phonons, and their interactions
Abstract: This talk is NOT a “journal club” discussion of a development in progress. Instead, it is a tutorial. To make partial amends for this lapse, I will emphasize my view of the evolving boundary between well-understood aspects and confusions that still need analysis. Landau gave us permission to think of “quasiparticles” as “real”. To understand the low energy properties of matter, we are supposed to analyze the quasiparticle distribution function. The boundary between fully understood quasiparticle theory and more complicated realities has always been fuzzy, and changes in time. Quasiparticle ideas help guide thinking in areas such as amorphous solids and strongly correlated systems (i.e.”bad metals”) where quasiparticles are obscure at best. In Mengkun’s memorable words, this is a “cruel discussion about the dying research fields”, and why sometimes they refuse to die.
Title: Flexoelectricity in 2D materials
Abstract: Flexoelectricity refers to the generation of electrical polarization in a material with the application of a strain gradient. It is a universal effect in all insulating materials regardless of symmetry and iconicity; however since the magnitude of the effect depends on the size of the strain gradient, it is most relevant in nanostructures where significant strains may be relaxed over relatively short distances. In particular two-dimensional layered materials are interesting in the context of flexoelectricity since interesting strain states may be applied. In this talk I will introduce how we can understand the flexoelectric effect from an atomistic perspective, and, via the example of BN, how this effect manifests itself in 2D materials.
Host: Cyrus Dreyer
Unlocking the secrets of growth and switching in ferroelectric multilayers using synchrotron x-ray diffraction
Powerful new capabilities at the NSLS-II synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory have enabled us to perform a series of in-situ experiments that have allowed us to unlock important secrets about the growth and switching processes in ferroelectric multilayers. In one set of experiments, at 4-ID, the In-Situ and Resonant scattering beamline (ISR), we perform x-ray diffraction during growth of sputtered ferroelectric multilayers and reveal that not only is the polarization intricately linked to crystal structure, also plays an important role in the growth process, influencing growth rates, relaxation mechanisms, electrical properties and domain structures. In a complementary set of experiments on the 11-ID, Coherent Hard X-Ray scattering (CHX) beamline, the high coherent flux at this beamline allows us to perform X-Ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy measurements that monitor correlations between ferroelectric domain configurations as they are influenced by temperature and electric field stimuli. This method gives us an unprecedented view of the nanoscale arrangement of domains as a statistical ensemble as they are driven through thermal relaxation or switching events. Taken together, and combined with the extensive complimentary characterization we perform in our laboratory these experiments provide an unprecedented end-to-end window on to how strain, polarization and domain structure evolve into the complex configurations that generate much of the interest in these exciting materials.
Quantum Coherence and Dynamics Controlled by Light:
From Higgs Bosons to Chiral Fermions
Department of Physics & Astronomy and Ames Laboratory-U.S. DOE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Revolutionary properties of quantum materials are often manifestations of coherence and entanglement, e.g. it exists between the Cooper pairs in high-temperature superconductors (SCs); it protects chiral charge transport from disorder scattering in topological states of matter (TSM). The recent development of ultrafast and terahertz (THz) spectroscopy tools facilitates discovering and understanding driven coherent systems involving SCs and TSM controllable by light. In this talk, I will discuss strategic advantages, with help of some recent examples, of implementing this approach to probe and control many-body quantum phases and collective modes by light-driven coherence, e.g., light-induced gapless superconductivity and high harmonics generation , forbidden Anderson pseudo-spin precessions , hidden gapless quantum fluid , hybrid Higgs modes , spin exciton modes , phonon-controlled topology switching [6, 7] and chiral charge pumping …. We argue that the light-driven coherence and sub-cycle dynamic symmetry breaking demonstrated in these work revealed represent universal principles for emergent materials discovery and light-matter quantum control for quantum information science.
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Phononic Frequency Combs – A New Addition to Photonics, MEMS,
Quantum Information Science, Molecular Science & Material Science
Phononic frequency combs (PFC) are the mechanical analogs of
celebrated photonic frequency combs. These represent a newly
documented physical phenomenon in the domain of vibrations . The
emergence of PFC is mediated by the nonlinear coupling among phonon
modes. Through a series of experiments with mechanical resonators, the
fundamentals of PFC have been established. Phononic frequency combs
could find applications in photonics, quantum information science,
molecular science and material science. My talk will describe my
fundamental work on phononic frequency combs and my plan for future
 Ganesan, A., Do, C. and Seshia, A., 2017. Phononic frequency comb
via intrinsic three-wave mixing. Physical review letters, 118(3),