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The field of quantum materials is a rapidly evolving research field that includes the design, synthesis and characterization of an exciting new class of materials with novel quantum properties. Quantum materials have the potential to offer functionalities previously unknown to society such as topological conduction, superconductivity, and manipulation of quantum information (spin). The field of quantum materials is positioned to revolutionize the next-generation of applications by using and engineering these unique quantum effects. Can we build the building blocks of new-generation quantum computers? Can we make quantum ultra-sensitive sensors for bio-detection, gas detection, or molecule detection? Can we manipulate photons at the quantum level to make quantum cryptology devices? The quantum materials field is actively searching for the answers to these burning questions…
The quantum materials community at Arizona State University has three active research categories under this initiative focused on the synthesis/manufacturing, fundamental understanding, and applications of these materials. ASU has multiple centers of excellence that are devoted to specific missions of material growth and large scale manufacturing (crystal growth, MBE, CVD, MOCVD, sputtering), characterization (microscopy, spectroscopy, ultra-fast, and company x-ray free laser (CXFEL), and quantum applications (qubits, single photon emitters, cross-phase modulators).
A team from Arizona State University has been awarded a Conceptualization Grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Quantum Leap Challenge Institute (QLCI) program to study using one of the more unusual properties of an electron — its spin — as a medium for information storage and sensing.
Sefaattin Tongay, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Arizona State University, calls silicon a “great” material but says it has limited ability to produce significant improvements in devices beyond transistors and solar cells. He says cadmium mercury telluride is another good material to work with — but really just for developing better infrared detectors.