Twister bilayer MoS2 can be used to control kinetic energy scales in solids. Researchers have shown that the electrons in MoS2 can interfere destructively, stopping their motion for certain paths. Combined with the twist this makes it possible to engineer exotic magnetic states.
Researchers in Hamburg and Aachen suggest a surprising connection between the nematic behavior of a superconductor in a magnetic field — a state that resembles liquid crystals used in LCDs — and its spiral-like groundstate in the absence of the field.
Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as Strontium Titanate (SrTiO3) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s Theory group. The findings have been published in PNAS.
MPSD and MIT researchers predict that light trapped in a cavity can be used to create a new kind of particle in a solid, consisting of three components at once: Light (photons), electronic excitations (excitons) and lattice vibrations (phonons).
Prineha Narang is coming to the MPSD from Harvard University for an extended research stay. She has received two prestigious prizes: A Max Planck Sabbatical Award for her work in Germany and the Humboldt Foundation's Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for her research work to date.
James McIver, the leader of the Non-Equilibrium Transport in Quantum Materials group, has accepted an assistant professor position with the Physics Department at Columbia Unversity. His group is part of the collaborative Max Planck New York City Center for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena.
An international research team has demonstrated that ultrashort laser pulses can be used to protect one of the DNA building blocks against destruction induced by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. A second infrared laser flash prevented the adenine molecule from disintegrating.
Researchers from the MPSD and UNIST in South Korea have discovered that the existing method to calculate the Mott insulating state in 1T-TaS2 is flawed. The team suggests a different approach instead to calculate electron "traffic jams".
Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the MPSD have found out that ultrafast switches in material properties can be prompted by laser pulses – and why. This knowledge may lead to advanced new transistor concepts.
Excitons can simultaneously adopt atomic-like and solid-like characteristics when stimulated by light. The discovery opens up an important new avenue for the manipulation of excitonic as well as materials’ properties by light.