Materials, Processing, and Devices for Next Generation Quantum Computing | Agenda

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December 11, 2020 || 9-11am || Virtual Event

Time Event
9:00am-9:10am Welcome Message
Dan Thoma, Director, Grainger Institute for Engineering
9:10am-9:35am “New epitaxial growth approaches for integrating topological and magnetic materials with semiconductor substrates”
Jason Kawasaki, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science Engineering

Topological and magnetic materials host exotic properties with potential applications in spintronics and quantum computing; however, it is an outstanding challenge to integrate these materials epitaxially with industrially relevant substrates like GaAs and Si. This features a few new approaches for the epitaxial integration of topological materials with common semiconductor substrates.
9:35am-10:00am “Phase Engineering on Quantum Materials and Devices”
Ying Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The emergent quantum materials, such as 2D Van der Waals materials and topological materials, exhibit many unconventional properties like reduced dielectric screening, divergent quantum geometry, and nontrivial topology. The phase engineering or transformation of the atomic building blocks in these quantum platforms promises to deepen our understanding of their unique structure-property relationship, breed novel computational device concepts, and revolutionize technologies in data storage and thermal management. This talk will introduce our experimental progress for structural phase engineering in quantum materials and their practical possibilities for neuromorphic computing and nanoscale energy management.
10:00am-10:25am “Understanding the source and role of defects in 2D heterostructures: a path to expanding the exploration of quantum phenomena in 2D materials “
Daniel Rhodes, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science Engineering

My current research focuses on achieving the low disorder limit in van der Waals heterostructures of crystalline materials with direction towards observing novel quantum phenomena. In the past, achieving this low disorder regime has proved difficult, but new strategies have opened doors to accessing these sensitive electronic states. Ultimately,  electrostatic control over these quantum phenomena – topology, superconductivity, and the like, may be used for future quantum computing needs.
10:20am-11:00am Panel Q&A

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