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Research team finds that the twisted bilayer transition metal dichalcogenide WSe2 enables the realization of exotic correlated phenomena, including high-Tc superconductivity and correlated insulators, in a controlled manner and without the geometrical restriction found in twisted bilayer graphene. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the University of Oxford manage to drive a prototypical antiferromagnet into a new magnetic state, using terahertz frequency light. Their groundbreaking method produces an effect orders of magnitude larger than previously achieved - on ultrafast time scales. more

Research group leader Kartik Ayyer has conceived a new method to image much smaller biomolecules at an unprecedented  resolution. It involves new algorithms as well as  2D crystals or gold, as he describes in his paper in Optica. more

Review by 18 leading researchers from 16 institutions in Science Advances demonstrates that inter-exciton coherences are too short-lived to have any functional significance in photosynthetic energy transfer and points to impulsively excited vibrations instead. more

Electron spin is one of the most fundamental quantities defining the properties of molecules. A new study by a research team from Germany, Canada, Poland, and Lebanon offers a detailed understanding on how changes in spin states affect the nuclear configuration as a probe of the change in electron distribution by directly observing the atomic motions and changes in the molecular structure, driven by change in electron spin. more

Laser light with a broad colour spectrum turns the insulating quasi two-dimensional material La2CuO4 (LCO) into a three-dimensional metal. The research, now published in PNAS, reveals that specific vibrations of the crystal lattice are involved in this metallization process. more

The Berry curvature - an important property of quantum materials - can be imaged with chiral light. An international research team has predicted the outcomes of photoelectron spectroscopy experiments and showed that the resulting images reveal information about the microscopic structure of electronic wavefunctions inside atomically thin, two-dimensional materials.  more

Researchers reveal that the possibilities created by stacking two sheets of atomically thin material atop each other at a twist are even greater than expected. Their work provides new insights into the question how a correlated system crosses over from two dimensions to one. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) discover a significant new fundamental kind of quantum electronic oscillations, or plasmons, in atomically thin materials. more

Efficient new electron diffraction method for fragile protein crystals more

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