Not so defective, after all: Demystifying advanced quantum materials

Recently, buzz has been building about a newly discovered variety of quantum emitters consisting of two-dimensional materials (think flat sheets only as thick as a single molecule, similar to graphene). But there’s a hitch: No one truly understands the exact natures of the tiny flaws, called defects, that cause these 2D materials to become optical quantum emitters. And that’s been a major obstacle in obtaining these potentially useful materials.

“If we can understand the nature of the defects, the hope is to be able to control them,” says Jason Kawasaki, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

GIE is proud to support the Quantum Materials Seminar Series and equipment procurement to make this research possible.