UBC team finds oxide material behaves similarly to its metal counterpart

13 Jan2021

Pictured: Fengmiao Li (left) and Zou lab colleagues. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Quantum materials are the basis for many emerging quantum technologies, but the extent to which individual elements are understood depends on scientists’ ability to produce these materials in the laboratory and study them. 3d transition metal monoxides, a class of compounds, represent a well-studied family of...

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People of SBQMI: Rafael Haenel

21 Dec2020

Rafael Haenel was only supposed to be in Vancouver for a year.

Haenel (pictured above) came to the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute as a Master’s student three years ago following an undergraduate exchange where he studied and conducted experiments on ultracold molecular plasma. He made the switch to theoretical physics when he joined Marcel Franz ’s lab in...

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When temperature fails: A nonthermal description of electron relaxation

17 Dec2020

Pictured: MengXing Na in the Damascelli lab. Image source: .

New work from a team of researchers at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) showcases distinct nonthermal regimes in the electron relaxation process. The nonthermal features were measured in graphite using time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (TR-ARPES). The paper, entitled Establishing nonthermal regimes in pump-probe relaxation...

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People of SBQMI: Alex Anees

24 Nov2020

Pictured: Alex Anees, a self-portrait.

“You know, the world is your oyster,” said Alex Anees , Research Operations Facilitator (ROF) at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI). “And that’s true, but it can also be overwhelming.”

Anees joined SBQMI the same week that Claudia Kee and Jie Ie Baik did in February 2017, though he notes...

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Milestone quantum computing paper celebrated in journal’s 50-year anniversary edition

23 Nov2020

Image source: It Takes Two to Entangle , Research2Reality , May 2020.

To celebrate 50 years in print, the journal Physical Review A has compiled a list of ­ its 26 most influential papers of the past half-century . Among these is Robert Raussendorf and Hans Briegel’s milestone 2003 paper, Measurement-based quantum computation on cluster states , a...

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UBC’s Quantum Devices group joins international collaboration to study the entropy of exotic quantum states

05 Nov2020

Pictured: Professor Joshua Folk speaks at the SBQMI retreat in 2019. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

A team of researchers including SBQMI’s Joshua Folk was awarded the equivalent of CAD $20 million to develop a new approach for investigating new phases of matter that emerge in quantum electronic devices. The project, Entropy in engineered quantum systems — Mesoscopic thermodynamics...

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Quantum computing outreach paper awarded best at QCE2 in Quantum Education Track

22 Oct2020

Pictured: students participate in a quantum computing outreach program. Image source: Haris Amiri/UBC Geering Up.

A team focused on outreach in quantum computing, led by Lukas Chrostowski , Professor in UBC's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded “Best Paper” in the Quantum Education Track for their work, Educational Resources for Promoting Talent in Quantum Computing, as...

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First time achieving a monolayer ferromagnetic material Fe3GeTe2 in wafer scale

21 Oct2020

Researchers in Ke Zou ’s lab have grown the first monolayer two-dimensional (2D) material that is both metallic and has an out-of-plane magnetization vector. Published this month in npj 2D Materials & Applications , the findings fill an important gap in our synthesis of itinerant single-layer materials and their properties.

A theory, known as the Mermin-Wagner theorem, ruled out...

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Using pH to better understand CO2 conversion catalysis

21 Oct2020

Pictured: View of downtown Vancouver through haze, smog. Image source: Shutterstock.

One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce industrial carbon footprints may be to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into something useful, and a team of researchers led by Curtis Berlinguette , Professor in UBC's Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been...

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Model offers simple way to troubleshoot polymer thin-film self-assembly

20 Oct2020

Pictured: Images created by Professor Rottler to illustrate directed self-assembly.

Jörg Rottler , Professor in UBC's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and his collaborator, Marcus Müller at the University of Göttingen in Germany, have developed a computationally efficient model to simulate the complex kinetic pathways of diblock copolymer self-assembly. The model, published recently in the journal ACS...

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