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Nuh Gedik (left) and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero will each receive a five-year, $1.6 million unrestricted grant to support their research in quantum materials. Photo: MIT Department of Physics Nuh Gedik (left) and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero will each receive a five-year, $1.6 million unrestricted grant to support their research in quantum materials.
Photo: MIT Department of Physics

Nuh Gedik and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero are 2020 Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials

Funding will support using light to study quantum materials and on twistronics research to advance superconductivity and quantum technologies.

Sandi Miller | Department of Physics
August 10, 2020

Physics professors Nuh Gedik and Pablo Jarillo-Herrero have been named Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The two are among 20 winners nationwide of the foundation's Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative. Each will receive a five-year, $1.6 million unrestricted grant to support their research in quantum materials. 

Gedik’s research centers on using advanced optical techniques for probing and controlling properties of quantum materials. He will use his grant to search for novel, light-induced phases in these systems.

“These materials display fascinating but poorly understood properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity or topological protection,” says Gedik. “We use ultrafast laser pulses to make femtosecond movies of electrons and atoms inside these systems to understand the mechanism behind their exotic behavior. Our ultimate goal is to use light as a controllable tuning parameter (just as magnetic field or pressure) to switch between equilibrium phases and to engineer new light-induced states with no equilibrium counterparts.”

Jarillo-Herrero, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, leads a laboratory that uses quantum electronic transport and optoelectronic techniques to investigate novel 2D materials and heterostructures, with a focus on emergent correlated and topological phenomena/phases resulting from the interplay between unusual electronic structures and electron interaction effects.

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