2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Characterization and Theory (CT)
  • Electronics and Photonics (EL)
  • Energy, Storage and Conversion (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)

Symposium S.NM11—Topological and Quantum Phenomena in Oxides and Oxide Heterostructures

The interplay between charge, spin, lattice, and orbital degrees of freedom in strongly correlated oxide materials leads to a wide range of quantum phenomena not observed in conventional metals or semiconducting compounds. These include polar states, superconductivity, insulating to metallic behavior, magnetoelectricity, and systems with multiple complex order parameters (multiferroics as an example). Further, recent advances in synthesis has enabled the tailoring of symmetry and competing interactions to yield topologically non-trivial electronic and magnetic structures. The significant advancements in the area has generated world-wide excitement and a realization that deeper understanding, rational design, and control of the quantum behavior of materials is necessary for quantum information science and topological nanoelectronics.

This symposium largely focuses on ferroics and spin textures rather than nontrivial fermions and their excitations. With such a focus, synthesis of these materials focuses on the growth of controlled oxide interfaces, heterostructures, and nanostructures. The organizers encourage the submission from academic, national lab, and industry researchers who seek to advance the state-of-the-art in bulk and thin film synthesis, spectroscopic and time-domain measurements of correlated and quantum behavior, and the engineering of quantum phenomena with strain, interfaces, defects, disorder, and frustration. The topical list for this symposium reflects the needs and challenges towards the enhancement and control of quantum behavior in strongly correlated oxide materials. Invited speakers will span the breadth of these interdisciplinary topics to accelerate fundamental understanding for the realization of unprecedented physical properties.

Topics will include:

  • Theory, modeling, and design of quantum states and phenomena
  • Controlled growth of oxide interfaces, heterostructures, and nanostructures
  • Advancements in computation and characterization of quantum systems
  • Defect, strain, and interface engineering in quantum heterostructures
  • Correlated homo- and hetero-interfaces
  • Emergent states and phenomena
  • Disorder and frustration
  • Competing degrees of freedom at heterointerfaces with superconductors, semiconductors, ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic oxides, or topological insulators.
  • Control and manipulation of quantum materials for exploratory applications and devices
  • Non-trivial ferroic textures in oxide materials and heterostructures

Invited Speakers:

  • Andrea Caviglia (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Manuel Bibes (Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, France)
  • Tae Won Noh (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Judith Driscoll (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Ho Nyung Lee (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Dennis Meier (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Marta Gilbert (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Beatriz Noheda (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Gang Cao (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Jin-Feng Jia (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Javier Junquera (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)
  • Satoshi Okamoto (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Ramamoorthy Ramesh (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Jan Seidel (University of NewSouth Wales, Australia)
  • Kyle Shen (Cornell University, USA)
  • Yuri Suzuki (Stanford University, USA)
  • Weida Wu (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Yimei Zhu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

John Heron
University of Michigan
Materials Science and Engineering

Aiping Chen
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies

Xia Hong
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jorge Iniguez
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
Department of Materials Research and Technology

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