Unfortunately, seminars are cancelled for the remainder of the semester until further notice, due to COVID-19.

NEWS: The CQM Distinguished Lecture series has been established  in the Fall of 2015 to bring to Stony Brook University the renown experts in the physics of quantum matter.

The lectures in this series will attract a broad audience of physicists from SBU and BNL,
and SBU graduate students.

February – April 2020

Special Condensed Matter Seminar: Shambhu Ghimire (SLAC): Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Quantum materials such as topological insulators, Weyl-semimetals, and atomically thin two-dimensional crystals have intriguing electronic properties, which makes them promising candidates for their potential applications in next-generation technology. Therefore, it is desirable to investigate the electronic properties of these materials, perhaps through various methods such that their full potential, as well as the limitations, can be identified. In this talk, I will introduce a novel spectroscopic approach based on the use of strong ultrafast laser pulses and the generation of high-order harmonics. Analysis of temporal and spectral properties of high-order harmonics from these materials reveals their valence charge density distributions, electronic band-structure, topology, as well as driven electron dynamics in the natural time scales of electrons. The advantages of this approach over conventional methods include the use of the all-optical setting, no physical contacts to samples, and much of the measurements that can be performed in ambient conditions. More importantly, the non-perturbative interaction to strong laser pulses forms novel quantum phases, which could be probed by analyzing high-order harmonics.


Short Bio: Dr. Shambhu Ghimire is a Staff Scientist at Stanford PULSE Institute, where he leads Attosecond X-ray Photonics Group. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young Investigator award from U.S. Department of Energy. His research interests are on Strong-field Physics and Nonlinear X-ray Science. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Kansas State University in 2007 and went to University of Michigan for a post-doc job before he joined Stanford in 2009.


Selected Publications:

  1. J. Lu, E. Cunningham, Y. S. You, D. A. Reis and S. Ghimire, Interferometry of dipole phase in high harmonics from solids, Nature Photonics 13, 96100 (2019)
  2. S. Ghimire and D. Reis, Review: High-order harmonic generation from solids, Nature Physics Online November (2018).
  3. Y. You, Y. Yin, Y. Wu, A. Chew, X. Ren, F. Zhuang, S. Gholam-Mirzaei, M. Chini, Z. Chang and S. Ghimire, High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids, Nature Comm 8, 724 (2017)
  4.  Y. You, D. Reis and S. Ghimire, Anisotropic high-harmonic generation in bulk crystalsNature Physics, 13, 345-349 (2017).
  5. N. Ddabashimiye, S. Ghimire, M. Wu, D Browne, K. Schafer, M. Gaarde and D. Reis, Solid-state harmonics beyond atomic limit, Nature 534, 520-523 (2016).
Q. Li (BNL)
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

“Electronic materials and states for quantum computing and networks”

P. Vora (George Mason U.)
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Valley Phenomena and Phase Diagrams of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Alloys

Dr. Patrick Vora

Assistant Professor | Department of Physics and Astronomy

Director | Quantum Materials Center

George Mason University

Atomically thin materials derived from layered crystals have occupied much of the condensed matter community since the discovery of graphene in 2004. Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are among the most versatile members in the family of layered materials due to the opportunities for tuning electronic behaviors with chemical composition, layer number, and structural phase. Achieving on-demand transitions between different structural phases could enable a new class of atomically-thin non-volatile memories known has phase change memories (PCMs).1 MoTe2 is an ideal candidate for this technology as it exhibits the smallest energy difference between the 2H semiconducting and 1T′ semi-metallic structural phases.2 However, the energy cost for driving a phase transition could be further reduced by alloying MoTe2 with WTe2, which naturally crystallizes in the 1T′ phase,3 and has led to substantial interest in the properties of TMD alloys.

In this colloquium I will discuss our team’s exploration of TMD alloys that are candidates for PCM applications. I will first present our work on the phase diagram of Mo1-xWxTe2 (x=0..1).4 In this study, we used polarization-resolved Raman spectroscopy to explore the composition-dependent optical properties of MoxW1-xTe2 alloys. These data provided clear signatures of the 2H, 1T′, and Td structural phases and their evolution with W composition x. Combining these results with aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements allows for the construction of the alloy phase diagram. This interdisciplinary study clarified significant disagreements in the literature regarding the structural phase diagram and has proved foundational in future attempts to create MoxW1-xTe2 – based PCMs. The second half of this talk will focus on a previously unstudied aspect of PCM-candidate TMD alloys: valleytronic behaviors. 5 Here we investigate WSe2(1-x)Te2x alloys which are also potentially useful for PCMs but are more resistant to oxidation. Polarization-resolved photoluminescence measurements show new low energy emission features unique to this alloy system that may originate from buckling due to the large W-Te bond lengths. Despite the significant disorder, we find that valley polarization and coherence in alloys survive at high Te compositions and are larger than in pure WSe2 at elevated temperatures. These findings illustrate the persistence of valley properties in alloys with highly dissimilar parent compounds and suggest a novel class of devices combining PCM characteristics with valleytronics.

(1)       Rehn, D. A.; Li, Y.; Pop, E.; Reed, E. J. Theoretical Potential for Low Energy Consumption Phase Change Memory Utilizing Electrostatically-Induced Structural Phase Transitions in 2D Materials. npj Comput. Mater. 2018, 4 (1), 2.

(2)       Duerloo, K.-A. N.; Li, Y.; Reed, E. J. Structural Phase Transitions in Two-Dimensional Mo- and W-Dichalcogenide Monolayers. Nat. Commun. 2014, 5 (1), 4214.

(3)       Duerloo, K.-A. N.; Reed, E. J. Structural Phase Transitions by Design in Monolayer Alloys. ACS Nano 2016, 10 (1), 289–297.

(4)       Oliver, S. M.; Beams, R.; Krylyuk, S.; Kalish, I.; Singh, A. K.; Bruma, A.; Tavazza, F.; Joshi, J.; Stone, I. R.; Stranick, S. J.; et al. The Structural Phases and Vibrational Properties of Mo1−xWxTe2 Alloys. 2D Mater. 2017, 4 (4), 045008.

(5)       Oliver, S. M.; Young, J.; Krylyuk, S.; Reinecke, T. L.; Davydov, A. V.; Vora, P. M. Valley Phenomena in the Candidate Phase Change Material WSe2(1-x)Te2x. ArXiv e-prints 2019, 1908.00506.

M. Ku (Harvard U.)
Feb 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

host: Kharzeev

“Exploring Quantum Materials with Atomic Qubit Sensor”

We are witnessing a revolution in which quantum phenomena are being harnessed for next-generation technology. In this context, atomic qubits associated with defects in solids, such as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond, provide versatile building blocks for quantum technologies due to their optical addressability, atomic size, and excellent coherence. Among the applications being explored with such platform, quantum sensing technology realized with NV centers has emerged as a powerful probe of quantum materials. Due to its ability to sense magnetic field with high spatial resolution over wide temperature and dynamic range, NV sensors enable the exploration of condensed matter phenomena in parameter space inaccessible to existing probes. In this talk, I will discuss our application of NV quantum sensing technology to study correlated electronic and spin phenomena. We have directly imaged, for the first time, the viscous Poiseuille flow of the Dirac fluid in neutral graphene, a finding that holds implications for other strongly correlated electrons such as those in high-Tc superconductors. Enabled by the NV platform, we have developed new capabilities for probing coherent spin-waves, which can be applied to study novel magnetic materials and spintronic devices, and a technique for characterizing low-dimensional high-Tc cuprates without electrical contacts. Looking forward, I will highlight opportunities for advancing the frontiers of quantum materials and quantum technology enabled by NVs and other solid-state atomic qubits.

Special Seminar: Vladimir M. Krasnov, Stockholm University: Superconducting vortex-based memory cells
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Non-volatile quantized states are ideal for the realization of classical Boolean logics. Abrikosov vortex represents the most compact magnetic object in superconductors with the size determined by the London penetration depth ~100 nm.  Therefore, it can be utilized for creation of high-density digital cryoelectronics. In this talk we will describe operation of memory cells, in which a single vortex is used as an information bit [1]. The vortex is pinned at a nano-scale trap and is read-out by a nearby Josephson junction [2,3]. Unlike SQUID-based memory cells, such cells have non-degenerate 0 and 1 states, which greatly simplify the device architecture. Furthermore, SQUID-based devices have a problem with increasing write current upon decreasing the SQUID loop size, preventing a straightforward miniaturization. To the contrary, write current for a vortex is determined by the depinning current density and, therefore, scales with the size. All together this allows simple miniaturization down to sub-micron sizes. We demonstrate that vortex memory cells have a high-endurance operation, are characterized by an infinite magnetoresistance, do not require external magnetic field, have a short access time, and a low write energy. Non-volatility and perfect reproducibility are inherent for such devices due to the quantized nature of the vortex. We argue that vortex-based memory can be used in superconducting digital supercomputers.

[1] T. Golod, A. Iovan, and V. M. Krasnov, Nat. Commun. 6, 8628 (2015).

[2] T. Golod, A. Rydh, and V. M. Krasnov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 227003 (2010).

[3] T. Golod, A. Pagliero, and V. M. Krasnov, Phys. Rev. B 100, 174511 (2019).

     Acknowledgements: The work was done in collaboration with Taras Golod, Adrian Iovan, Alessandro Pagliero, Olena Kapran and Lise Morlet-Decarnin. The work was supported by the European Union H2020-WIDESPREAD-05-2017-Twinning project SPINTECH under Grant Agreement No. 810144.


Vladimir Krasnov has graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1990. He completed his PhD in 1995 from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chernogolovka, Russia and postdoctoral studies from Danish Technical University and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Since 2005 he is professor and head of the Experimental Condensed Matter Physics group at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University.

No seminar: March Meeting
Mar 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sorry — the seminar is cancelled
Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Tigran A. Sedrakyan (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Mar 20 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Supersymmetry method for interacting chaotic and disordered systems: the SYK model

The supersymmetry method was originally developed for studies of quantum phenomena in non-interacting disordered and chaotic systems.
I will report a step forward in this direction and develop the supersymmetry method for the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK)  model and other similar 0+1 dimensional interacting systems with disorder, where analytical techniques for quenched averaging have so far been based on the replica trick.  As a demonstration of how the supersymmetry method works for such interacting systems, I will derive saddle point equations. In the semiclassical limit, the results are in agreement with those found using the replica technique. I will also discuss the formally exact superbosonized representation of the SYK model and argue that it paves the way for the precise calculation of the window of universality in which random matrix theory is applicable to the chaotic SYK system.

Host: Sasha

Manuel Zingl (Flatiron CCQ)- CANCELLED
Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This Seminar has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Xiaoji Xu (Lehigh)
Apr 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

title: Novel optical probe scanning method

host: Mengkun