The Quantum Materials Design Lab


Anyone who has visited a museum with an exhibit on minerals knows that nature can produce beautiful crystals. These crystals have many shapes (morphologies), from nearly perfect cubes (3-dimensional) to flat plates (2-dimensional) to needles (1-dimensional). However, these crystals found in nature represent only a tiny fraction of what is possible using all the ingredients on the periodic table. Furthermore, the conditions in nature are far from pristine and these naturally occurring crystals, though beautiful, often have high levels of disorder or impurities at the atomic level. In the Quantum Materials Design Lab, part of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia, we design and grow crystals of materials that are not found in nature. In particular, the Hallas Group seeks out materials with strong quantum mechanical effects, giving rise to exotic magnetic and electronic properties. We aim to understand the behaviors of these quantum materials by studying their properties with neutron, muons, and x-rays.

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Recent News

May 2022: As we look forward to summer, we warmly welcome Dhruv Kush and Jocelyn Baker to group. Dhruv joins the group as an MSc student and Jocelyn is an undergrad researcher.

Dhruv and Jocelyn join at an exciting moment, as we have just completed the installation of our two floating zone image furnaces.

Alannah joined MIT's Pablo Jarillo Herrero to talk all things superconductor in a CIFAR Virtual Talk - check it out here!

April 2022: Sam and Alannah's tutorial article on interpreting magnetic susceptibility data is out now, published in Communications Physics. Read about the inspiration for this article here.

This month, Samikshya, Mario, and Alannah also ventured to Toronto to attend the CIFAR Quantum Materials Meeting.

January 2022: We are thrilled to welcome Senior Scientist Dongjoon Song to the group. We look forward to learning the art of floating zone crystal growth from him!

November 2021: Over the last six months, Alannah has been exploring the intersection of arts and physics through a collaboration with artist Kahn Lee and QMI PhD student Rysa Greenwood through Ars Scientia. This collaboration culminated in a Symposium called "Signals and Apparatuses".

September 2021: We are excited to welcome two PhD students to the group this year - Mario González and Megan Rutherford. Mario recently completed his MSc at Universidad de Guadalajara and Megan completed her MSc at McMaster University. Welcome!!

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