Docent lecture: What are Quantum Materials?

  • Date:
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Zoom
  • Lecturer: Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez
  • Contact person: Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez
  • Docentföreläsning

Materials are made of atoms, atoms are made of nuclei and electrons. In 1924 Louis de Broglie introduced the idea that electrons could be described not only as particles but also as waves. This wave-particle duality is what distinguishes quantum physics from classical physics, which considers materials only as particles. Such materials in which electrons don’t behave like free particles are called quantum materials. The interactions between electrons in these materials are responsible for a large number of exciting physical phenomena. In this lecture, some interesting examples, as well as ongoing challenges in quantum materials research will be given.

The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture will last for 45 minutes and afterwards the audience may ask questions. The lecture will be given in English.