Spins seek order in Kitaev-type systems in one dimension

22 Apr2020

The biggest enemy of quantum computing technology is “noise,” perturbation at the atomic level that can disrupt the resilience of the materials that form the basis of quantum computing applications. New research from Professor Ian Affleck ’s team at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) has found new clues as to the physics behind a class of materials that...

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New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

03 Feb2020

Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick and how securely our money is stored in the bank.

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New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second

10 Dec2019

For the first time, researchers have been able to record, frame-by-frame, how an electron interacts with certain atomic vibrations in a solid. The technique captures a process that commonly causes electrical resistance in materials while, in others, can cause the exact opposite—the absence of resistance, or superconductivity.

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QMI researchers have successfully grown a parent compound in a "quantum sandwich"

13 Nov2019

A group of researchers at Stewart Blusson QMI at the University of British Columbia have successfully grown the parent compound of a high superconducting transition temperature material (perovskite bismuthate). Strontium bismuth oxide (SrBiO 3 ) was grown in a thin film form on a strontium titanate substrate using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Experimental results were recently reported in Physical Review...

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3rd Annual QMI Team Retreat

09 Oct2019

View image gallery from the 2019 QMI Retreat.

The 3rd Annual QMI Retreat took place at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat from September 27-29, with over 130 participants from QMI research groups, technical and business operations. The purpose of this three-day event is to build a culture of collaboration and respect, while fostering a sense of pride in...

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Nanofabrication Initiative receives funding from WD Canada

15 Sep2019


Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD Canada) announced on September 4, the allocation of $2,950,000 to an initiative currently in development at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. This federal funding will be used to help defray the cost of implementing Phase 2 of...

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Quantum Pathways 2019 Wraps Up

02 Sep2019

For many Quantum Pathways students, August 30 th was their last day at QMI. Hemadri Bhotla Vasudha is a 1 st year Quantum Pathways student who had to say her farewells a little earlier than her cohorts this year as the fall semester begins in August at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi , where she is currently completing...

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Stewart Blusson QMI Welcomes Alannah Hallas

31 Aug2019

In July, QMI welcomed new faculty member Alannah Hallas from Rice University. Now an Assistant Professor in the UBC Physics and Astronomy department, Hallas joined QMI to head the Quantum Materials Design Lab which is currently in its planning and development stage. Having worked in both physics and chemistry, Alannah is passionate about taking an interdisciplinary approach to the...

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QMI Welcomes President Gonokami and University of Tokyo Delegates

17 Aug2019

On Saturday, August 17, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) hosted the cross-institutional workshop, Quantum Materials from Frequency to Time Domain , organized by Sergey Zhdanovich and Ryo Shimano from University of Tokyo (UTokyo), with the support of Kassandra Darbel. QMI welcomed the UTokyo delegates, including President Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, Satoru Nakatsuji, Yusuke Morita, and Ryo Shimano.

President Gonokami opened...

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First test measurements to characterize the performance of the QMSC beamline

05 Aug2019

Studies of quantum materials heavily rely on experimental techniques which in some cases can only be conducted at large scale facilities. Examples of such techniques are neutron-, muon-, or x-ray scattering – as well as Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES), although QMI researchers also have access to ARPES in the lab led by Andrea Damascelli . QMI groups using these...

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