Mathematics Department Colloquium: Peeking into Lower and Higher Dimensions Using Designer Quantum Matter

Colloquium | December 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Hari Manoharan, Department of Physics, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The laws of quantum mechanics allow for some strange and tantalizing behavior of electrons inside materials, but the most exotic of these phenomena have remained unobserved because they are out of reach in natural materials. I will explain experiments which target and reveal some of the most elusive behavior, by using special apparatus to assemble “designer” quantum materials one atom at a time—according to some specific mathematical rules—and then filling them with electrons that can be directly imaged to glean their emergent properties. The results give us an enticing peek into both lower and higher dimensions.