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Organic semiconductors get weird at the edge: QMI research

06 Oct2015

As the push for tinier and faster electronics continues, a new finding by UBC scientists could help inform the design of the next generation of cheaper, more efficient devices.

The work, published this week in Nature Communications, details how electronic properties at the edges of organic molecular systems differ from the rest of the material. Organic materials—plastics—are of...

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First superconducting graphene created by QMI researchers

10 Sep2015

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...

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$2.4 million dollars awarded to QMI projects

31 Oct2014

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 help to...

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Alumnus Riccardo Comin receives CLS Bancroft PhD Thesis Award

27 May2014

Congratulations to Dr. Riccardo Comin, who recently completed his PhD under supervisor Dr. Andrea Damascelli , for receiving 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 at the...

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Ian Affleck receives the 2014 Brockhouse Medal

10 Apr2014

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...

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QMI researchers discover possible secret to superconductivity

06 Jan2014

UBC researchers have discovered a universal electronic state that controls the behaviour of high-temperature superconducting copper-oxide ceramics.

Picture: Copper-oxide superconducting pellet levitating over a magnetic track. Source: NSERC/UBC Science

The work, published this week in the journal Science , reveals the universal existence of so-called ‘charge-density-waves’ — static ripples formed by...

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

01 Jan2014

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.

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Mona Berciu receives Canadian Association of Physicists Medal

13 Jun2013

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...

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Joerg Rottler received UBC faculty research award

14 Feb2013

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.

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Ultra-fast laser pulses shed light on elusive superconducting mechanism

18 Jun2012

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...

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