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CQM collaboration finds novel photovoltaic effect in 2D materials

01 Apr2021

Pictured: Ziliang Ye (right) in the lab with students. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

A photovoltaic (or solar) cell turns light from the sun into electricity. New research from the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute's (SBQMI) Ziliang Ye and graduate student Dongyang Yang, and a team from University of Tokyo led by Yoshihiro Iwasa and Toshiya Ideue, has uncovered...

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SiEPICfab and Luceda Photonics set to influence global silicon photonics market in new partnership

25 Mar2021

The Silicon Electronics-Photonics Integrated Circuits Fabrication (SiEPICfab) consortium, led by Lukas Chrostowski , has joined Belgian software company Luceda Photonics in a new partnership that will enable SiEPICfab to showcase its offerings to the international silicon photonics market. The partnership, which provides SiEPICfab’s process design kit (PDK) to all of Luceda Photonics’ existing and potential customers, leverages Luceda Photonics’ field-leading...

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People of SBQMI: Jingda Wu

24 Mar2021

Pictured: Jingda Wu, a self-portrait.

Jingda Wu feels most at home beside the ocean, where the air along the coast seems fresher, and this feeling of being home enables him to do his best work. Wu, a postdoctoral fellow in Ziliang Ye ’s lab, came to UBC from the University of Washington in 2017. He spent his first...

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SBQMI-linked research clusters expand interdisciplinary collaborations at UBC

22 Mar2021

Pictured: Belkin Art Gallery exterior shot with witch hazel by Michael Turner.

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) has partnered with the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery (the Belkin) and UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy (UBC PHAS) in Ars Scientia, a new project that connects physicists and artists in an effort to find shared ways...

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Fabio Boschini strengthens Canadian excellence in TR-ARPES

04 Mar2021

“Science is very social, and my success is a credit to the support from SBQMI that enabled me to travel, to meet new collaborators and coworkers, and to establish my research program in my first faculty role,” said Fabio Boschini.

Boschini is an Assistant Professor in Ultrafast Science at Quebec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) , Energy...

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Grad student-led podcast expands access to quantum computing experts

25 Feb2021

Quantum computing has enormous potential, and the success of quantum technology development and innovation will change many aspects of our lives. It is also a topic that is largely inaccessible to the average person. Parham Pashaei, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, saw an opportunity to speak to a more general audience directly...

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People of SBQMI: Kim Kiloh

25 Feb2021

Pictured: Kim Kiloh (right) with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Santa Ono (left); Kiloh received the President's Staff Award for Excellence in 2019. Image credit: UBC Ceremonies & Events/Flickr .

Kim Kiloh joined the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) as Managing Director on February 1, bringing the collaborative, strengths-based approach she has honed over 18 years in student...

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New twist on cuprates could offer topological superconductivity at higher temperatures

04 Feb2021

Superconductivity is an essential ingredient in many existing and future technologies. Topological superconductors in particular offer great promise in fault-tolerant quantum computing. But the existing materials are sensitive and expensive to study.

Now physicists at the University of British Columbia have proposed a path to creating the first high-temperature topological superconductor, offering an accessible method to expand their utility...

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Molecular Forests: Simplicity in Complex Matter

28 Jan2021

Individual carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can conduct heat effectively, but in large collections known as “forests,” their thermal conductivity can be drastically reduced. This phenomenon has been a matter of curiosity for researchers for some time; now, new research from researchers at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) and collaborators proposes a simple microscopic picture of this reduced thermal conductivity....

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Metaphors and analogies make quantum physics make sense to new audiences

28 Jan2021

Pictured; James Day speaks at Quantum Futures at the Museum of Anthropology, April 2018. Image credit: Curiosity Collider/Flickr .

It is commonly believed that art and science are opposites, each serving different and unrelated functions, relegated to different academic disciplines and cohorts. As we develop the tools and knowledge to unravel the mysteries of the universe, however, it...

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