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How could quantum technologies transform our society?

The progress of human civilization is intertwined with its ability to make and use materials. We even distinguish the ages of humans by the material innovations made from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and now the Silicon Age.

This program is working towards bringing on the Quantum Age. It explores the fundamental science behind quantum matter — the resource for the quantum technologies that will define the 21st century. These technologies could include room-temperature superconductors that would carry electricity without any loss and revolutionize power transmission. Or quantum tech could include the quantum computer that would exploit the entanglement of multiple electrons, resulting in a powerful way to manipulate information. And there are the quantum materials innovations we cannot yet imagine.

This program includes researchers with three areas of expertise: materials scientists who create new materials; experimentalists who probe materials’ properties; and theorists who invent new concepts and develop our mathematical understanding. Together, they will develop the next big breakthroughs.


SELECTED PAPERS

Ohtomo, A., and H.Y. Hwang, H.Y. "A high-mobility electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface." Nature 427 (2004) : 423-426. ABSTRACT

Doiron-Leyraud, N. et al. "Quantum oscillations and the Fermi surface in an underdoped high-Tc superconductor." Nature 447 (200&) : 565-568. ABSTRACT

Dalidovich, D. et al. “Spin structure factor of the frustrated quantum magnet Cs2CuCl4,” Physical Review B73, 18 (2006). ABSTRACT

LeBoeuf, D. et al. “Electron pockets in the Fermi surface of hole-doped high-Tc superconductors,” Nature 450 (2007). ABSTRACT

Daou, R. et al. “Broken rotational symmetry in the pseudogap phase of a high-Tc superconductor,” Nature463 (2010) : 519-522. ABSTRACT

Comin, R. et al. “Charge Order Driven by Fermi-Arc Instability in Bi2Sr2−xLaxCuO6+δ,” Science 343, 6169 (2014): 390-392. ABSTRACT

Path to Societal Impact

We invite experts in industry, civil society, healthcare and government to join fellows in our Quantum Materials program for in-depth, cross-sectoral conversations that drive change and innovation.

Government funders and policymakers, leaders at major research infrastructure facilities and universities, and industry, and CIFAR fellows in the Quantum Materials program are developing a national strategy to rebuild Canada’s capacity for materials research using neutron beams.

Area of focus:

  • Developing a pan-Canadian, university-led framework for stewardship of Canada’s neutron beam infrastructure

Do you want to shape the future of Canada’s national neutron strategy? 

Contact: Fiona Cunningham, Director of Innovation

Founded In

1987

Renewal Dates

1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2019

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Condensed matter and quantum physics
Atomic, chemical and computational physics
Nanomaterials and materials engineering

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

Louis Taillefer

Program Co-Director

Quantum Materials
Université de Sherbrooke
Canada

Leon Balents

Program Co-Director

Quantum Materials
University of California Santa Barbara
United States
Fellows

James Analytis

Fellow

Quantum Materials
University of California Berkeley
United States

N. Peter Armitage

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Johns Hopkins University
United States

Andrea Damascelli

Fellow

Quantum Materials
University of British Columbia
Canada

Claudia Felser

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
Germany

Joshua Folk

Fellow

Quantum Materials
University of British Columbia
Canada

Liang Fu

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States

Bruce D. Gaulin

Fellow

Quantum Materials
McMaster University
Canada

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States

Hae-Young Kee

Fellow

Quantum Materials
University of Toronto
Canada

Satoru Nakatsuji

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Johns Hopkins University
University of Tokyo
Japan
United States

Johnpierre Paglione

Fellow

Quantum Materials
University of Maryland
United States

Kate A. Ross

Fellow
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Materials
Colorado State University
United States

Subir Sachdev

Fellow

Quantum Materials
Harvard University
United States
Advisors

Nigel Hussey

Advisory Committee Chair

Quantum Materials
Radboud University
University of Bristol
The Netherlands
United Kingdom

Allan Macdonald

Advisor

Quantum Materials
University of Texas at Austin
United States

Roser Valentí

Advisor

Quantum Materials
Goethe University Frankfurt
Germany

Amir Yacoby

Advisor

Quantum Materials
Harvard University
United States
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Kwabena Bediako

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Materials
University of California Berkeley
United States

Judy Cha

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019

Quantum Materials
Yale University
United States

Alannah Hallas

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Materials
University of British Columbia
Canada

Brad Ramshaw

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Materials
Cornell University
United States

Kate A. Ross

Fellow
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Materials
Colorado State University
United States

Luyi Yang

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Materials
University of Toronto
Canada

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