PHYSICS OF NOVEL QUANTUM MATERIALS
Reduced dimensionality in condensed matter systems leads to a more constrained phase space with enhanced correlations, resulting in unique changes to the electronic band structure and unexpected physical phenomena. We investigate the intrinsic physical properties of novel quantum materials, with an aim to provide additional “on demand” functionality using external knobs such as adatoms, defects, proximity effects, etc. Our current focus is to explore two-dimensional (2D) materials, topological materials and van der Waals based cross-dimensional synthetic hetero-structures. We seek to understand and exploit the interplay of charge, spin and valley degrees of freedom in these systems for future device applications.