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First superconducting graphene created by QMI researchers

Posted: September 10, 2015

Graphene, the ultra-thin, ultra-strong material made from a single layer of carbon atoms, just got a little more extreme. UBC physicists have been able to create the first ever superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms. Although superconductivity has already been observed in intercalated bulk graphite—three-dimensional crystals layered with alkali metal atoms, based […]

Spectroscopy on Novel (Oxide) Heterostructures Workshop

Posted: May 1, 2015

SNH VANCOUVER 2015 Website The objective of the workshop is to bring together the (oxide) thin-film and heterostructure community with spectroscopists, as well as experts in the spin-orbital-lattice interplay in correlated oxides, to exchange ideas on how to explore and exploit thin-film approaches in the quest for new quantum phenomena and electronic properties. Talks will […]

$2.4 million dollars awarded to QMI projects

Posted: October 31, 2014

Two major proposals from the Quantum Matter Institute are funded by the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) this year. This means an injection of 2.4 million dollars of funding support for learning about quantum material behaviours and discovering new quantum materials. The two projects funded are: ◦Quantum Materials and Devices in the Microkelvin Regime will […]

Dmitry Pikulin joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: September 1, 2014

Dmitry Pikulin joined QMI on September 1, 2014 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Dmitry obtained his PhD from Leiden University in 2013. During his PhD he mainly studied the non-interacting picture of one-dimensional topological systems, in particular Majorana nanowires. His interest include interacting Majorana systems, higher-dimensional disordered weak and strong topological insulators and superconductors, and […]

Armin Rahmani joined QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: September 1, 2014

Armin Rahmani joined QMI on September 1, 2014 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Armin obtained his Ph.D. from Boston University in 2011. He has worked on strongly correlated low-dimensional systems, frustrated quantum magnetism, and nonequilibrium quantum dynamics. His interests include quantum entanglement, topological phases, and optimal quantum control. Armin uses a variety of analytical and […]

Fengmiao Li joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: July 23, 2014

Fengmiao Li joined QMI on June 23, 2014 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Fengmiao Li got his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing in 2014. With techniques including oxide molecular beam epitaxy (OMBE), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT), he has studied the thermodynamic and kinetic […]

Alumnus Riccardo Comin receives CLS Bancroft PhD Thesis Award

Posted: May 27, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Riccardo Comin, who recently completed his PhD under supervisor Dr. Andrea Damascelli, for receiving the the G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award from the Canadian Light Source. This annual award is given to a graduate student who generates the strongest published work using data collected at the Canadian Light Source synchrontron, located […]

Ian Affleck receives the 2014 Brockhouse Medal

Posted: April 10, 2014

The 2014 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal will be awarded to Ian Affleck, University of British Columbia, for his original and influential contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems, particularly in the application of conformal field theory techniques to the Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems and advances in the theory of quantum magnetism in low […]

Dirk Manske is a new Scientific Coordinator for the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials

Posted: April 1, 2014

Dr. Dirk Manske has been appointed as a Scientific Coordinator for the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials. Dr. Manske is a Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart and is holding a Professor of Theoretical Physics position at the Free University of Berlin. His field of research is in […]

QMI researchers discover possible secret to superconductivity

Posted: January 6, 2014

UBC researchers have discovered a universal electronic state that controls the behavior of high-temperature superconducting copper-oxide ceramics. The work, published this week in the journal Science, reveals the universal existence of so-called ‘charge-density-waves’ — static ripples formed by the self-organization of electrons in the material’s normal state. These ripples carry the seeds out of which […]

Kateryna Foyevtsova joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: December 12, 2013

Kateryna Foyevtsova joined QMI on December 12, 2013 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Kateryna obtained her PhD in Physics from the Frankfurt University in 2012. She is interested in strongly correlated transition metal oxides, with active spin and orbital degrees of freedom. In her research, Kateryna is applying theoretical electronic structure methods, such as density […]

David Cortie joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: November 19, 2013

David Cortie joined QMI on November 19, 2013 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. David Cortie is a condensed matter physicist who has specialized in using advanced experimental techniques to characterize the magnetic and electronic states of interfaces in thin film materials. His research theme is the study of correlated-oxide structures which are abundant with emergent […]

Eduardo H. da Silva Neto joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: October 1, 2013

Eduardo H. da Silva Neto joined QMI on October 1, 2013 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Eduardo H. da Silva Neto was born in Recife, Brazil. He earned his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Amherst College (2008) where he began his career as an experimental researcher by studying single-molecule magnets. He received his M.S. […]

Robert Green joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: September 9, 2013

Robert Green joined QMI on September 9, 2013 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Robert completed his Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in August 2013. Since joining the QMI in September 2013, Robert has focused on using both theory and experiment to investigate materials with unique electronic and magnetic properties. On the theoretical side, he […]

Ching-Kai Chiu joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: July 10, 2013

Ching-Kai Chiu joined QMI on July 10, 2013 as a new Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Ching-Kai Chiu received his PhD in May 2013 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Ching-Kai’s thesis was on classification of topological insulators and superconductors for spatial and non-spatial symmetiries. Ching-Kai’s research interests fall into topological states of matter including quantum […]

Mona Berciu receives Canadian Association of Physicists Medal

Posted: June 17, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Mona Berciu for receiving a medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists. Dr. Mona Berciu was awarded this year’s CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. According to CAP, these medals honour faculty members who have a comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of their subject and who possess an exceptional ability […]

Joerg Rottler received UBC faculty research award

Posted: February 14, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Joerg Rottler for receiving the UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (Junior Category). Joerg’s areas of research include condensed matter and computational physics. Before joining UBC, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

QuEST Program launches program website

Posted: January 2, 2013

The QuEST Program (Quantum Electronic Science and Technology) is one of the 17 Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) programs funded by the Natural and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) this year. The program was funded for $1.65 million over six years, with the objective to prepare young science and engineering researchers for careers […]

PHAS wins an opportunity to search for Canada Excellence Research Chair

Posted: November 9, 2012

UBC’s department of Physisc & Astronomy has be awarded the opportunity to search for a Canada Excellence Research Chair. On November 8, 2012, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) to announced the proposals from eight Canadian universities that have been selected to recruit 11 prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs). The […]

PHAS awarded $1.65 million to develop QuEST training program

Posted: October 9, 2012

The QuEST Program, led by Dr. Doug Bonn of UBC Physics & Astronomy, received $1.65-million boost from the Natural and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grants of $1.65 million each over six years, will prepare young science and engineering researchers for careers in industry, government and […]

Ultra-fast laser pulses shed light on elusive superconducting mechanism

Posted: June 18, 2012

An international team that includes UBC physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity. In the experiment, to be outlined this Friday in the journal Science, electrons in a prototypical copper-oxide superconductor were excited by extremely short 100-femtosecond (0.0000000000001-second) laser pulses. As the material’s electrons relax back to […]

Laboratory for Atomic Imaging Research (LAIR) opened in June 2012

Posted: June 1, 2012

The construction of this ultra-low-noise facility specifically designed for three UHV low-temperature scanning probe microscopes, each with different capabilities, was completed in June 2012 with the first two instruments moved in through July and September of that year, with the third instrument presently under construction. This facility is unique within Canada, and one of a […]

Doug Bonn receives Canadian Association of Physicists Medal

Posted: May 3, 2012

Professor and Department Head Douglas Bonn will be awarded Canadian Association of Physicists Medal. The 2012 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal will be awarded to Douglas Bonn for his contributions to the field of high temperature superconductivity. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to condensed matter and materials physics. […]

Ludivine Chauviere joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: May 1, 2012

Ludivine Chauviere joined QMI on May 1, 2012 as a new Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Ludivine Chauviere has completed her PhD degree at the University Paris 7 Denis Diderot in Paris, where she has worked on iron-pnictides high-Tc superconductors using Raman spectroscopy. Her work has illustrated the strong coupling between structural, magnetic and superconducting degrees of […]

Kou Takubo joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: April 1, 2012

Kou Takubo joined QMI on April 1, 2012 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Kou Takubo got his PhD on “Electronic structure of transition-metal compounds with geometrical frustration and orbital degeneracy” at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Kou is now working to understand electronic structure of the strongly correlated electron systems by means of the angular […]

Agustin Schiffrin joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: February 27, 2012

Agustin Schiffrin joined QMI on February 27, 2012 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Agustin Schiffrin obtained a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Agustin’s doctoral research consisted of studying the atomic-scale structural and electronic properties of supramolecular nanostructures on surfaces, by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, as well […]

Max Planck Society and UBC sign an agreement

Posted: February 20, 2012

Prof. Toope met with Prof. Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society to discuss the project and other areas of interests shared by UBC and the Society. Later, an agreement to formalize the relationship between the Society and UBC was signed by Toope and Gruss. The signing was witnessed by German Consul General Mr. Hermann […]

UBC Researchers help define electron behavior in High Temperature Superconductor

Posted: November 24, 2011

UBC researchers have teamed with others at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to publish a paper in Nature which helps describe the behaviour of electrons in high temperature superconducting cuprates. The research indicates that high-temperature superconductivity in copper oxides is linked to what they term ‘incoherent excitations’–a discovery that sheds light on […]

Andrea Damascelli awarded a 2011 Steacie Fellowship

Posted: November 24, 2011

Andrea Damascelli, an Associate Professor and CRC Tier II in Physics and Astronomy, is a recipient of the 2011 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Damascelli studies quantum materials and is building a spectroscopy centre for the research and development of new electronic materials with never-before-seen properties. Andrea has previously been awarded a Sloan Fellowship. The […]

How long can you hold your antimatter?

Posted: November 24, 2011

1000 seconds answers the alpha team ( including a number of Canadian researchers) in an article published in Nature Physics. ALPHA is an international collaboration (including UBC’s Walter Hardy and Andrea Gutierrez ) based at CERN, and whose aim is stable trapping of antihydrogen atoms, the antimatter counterpart of the simplest atom, hydrogen. Now that […]

Ian Affleck is awarded the Lars Onsager Prize

Posted: October 24, 2011

Congratulations to Ian Affleck who has been chosen as the next recipient of the Lars Onsager Prize. This major prize of the American Physical Society is awarded for outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including quantum fluids. This award recognizes Ian’s pioneering role in developing and applying the ideas and methods of conformal field theory […]

Sebastian Macke joins QMI as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted: May 31, 2011

Sebastian Macke joined QMI on May 31, 2011 as a Max-Planck-UBC Postdoctoral Fellow. Sebastian Macke, an expert in computational physics and simulations of resonant x-ray scattering and reflectivity, joined the group of Vladimir Hinkov at QMI in May 2011. He is going to work in the field of surface and interface electronic reconstruction of strongly […]

UBC and Max Planck Society commit to a new Centre for Quantum Materials

Posted: October 4, 2010

UBC and the Max Plank Society have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will establish the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials. The agreement also commits both institutions to conducting joint research projects in Canada and Germany, and to increasing scholarly exchanges. The Physics & Astronomy Dept & UBC are renowned for research excellence […]


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