REU Project ID 4.1

Predicting electronic and optical properties of exotic quantum materials

Prof. Joel Moore

In this theoretical condensed matter project, students will study and model properties of quantum materials, such as copper oxides, which show a rich variety of quantum phases, including high temperature superconductivity. Students will learn about important concepts such as symmetry breaking and gain hands-on experience in calculating experimentally relevant properties of quantum materials such as electronic conductivity and optical responses.

In addition to general scientific and transferable skills such as problem formulation, collaboration, and scientific writing, students will learn modern techniques in condensed matter physics, focusing on analytical methods and numerical computation using Python.