Symposium NM09—Layered van der Waals Heterostructures—Synthesis, Physical Phenomena and Devices
The remarkable electronic properties of graphene have sparked interest in layered heterostructures of 2D crystals and broader classes of low-dimensional quantum materials. By growing or assembling heterostructures of individual atomic layers, one can engineer new functionalities by tuning the twist angle between neighboring sheets or by combining materials with contrasting properties into hybrid structures. These developments have opened the door to new applications based in nanophotonics, plasmonics, valleytronics, excitonics, spintronics, twistronics and flexible electronics. The proposed symposium will bring together a diverse group of researchers with expertise spanning materials synthesis, physical characterization, and device applications. It will focus broadly on layered quantum materials, including graphene and 2D crystals, van der Waals heterostructures and other hybrid systems, and emerging platforms for quantum information technologies including topological electronic phenomena. The first thrust (synthesis) focuses on the growth and discovery of novel materials and will encompass synthesis of 2D crystals and new advances in the assembly of van der Waals heterostuctures. The second thrust (characterization) introduces a complementary suite of physical characterization techniques, including optical measurements, electronic transport, spectroscopies, and microscopy. The final thrust (applications) will highlight emerging device technologies that harness the unique physical properties of these materials, including plasmonic and photonic nanostructures, switching and memory devices, sensors as well as devices for quantum information processing and communication.