Welcome to ct.qmat

We are the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat - Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter. Established in 2019, the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster ct.qmat is a leading international center for research on topological and complex quantum matter. Our aim is to develop a deep understanding of quantum phenomena in general and to identify materials in which those phenomena are observed in the laboratory. This is supported by educating and attracting top-level students and scientists as well as by supplementing infrastructure in both Würzburg and Dresden.

Events

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    1113 Oct 2021

    Second QMA retreat meeting

    In Erfurt we will meet and talk about your projects.

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    1315 Oct 2021

    First Fall School "Topological Quantum Matter"

    We will meet in Erfurt directly after the second QMA retreat and learn more about complexity and topology in quantum matter.

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    12 Sep 202031 Dec 2021

    ct.qmat at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden

    Dresden is one of the most important scientific research sites in Germany. With the SHOWCASES OF RESEARCH, the Technischen Sammlungen opens a new space where visitors can experience future topics. To this end, interactive exhibits have been set up together with scientists.

News

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    14 Sep 2021

    Triangular Honeycombs: Physicists design novel quantum material

    Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat have recently conceived and realized a new quantum material. The research results have appeared in the journal Nature Communications.

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    08 Sep 2021

    Ultrafast & ultrathin: new physics professor at TU Dresden makes mysterious quantum world visible

    Alexey Chernikov was appointed the new W3 professor of Ultrafast Microscopy and Photonics established by the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat. The 38-year-old scientist pursues the goal to make ultrafast quantum mechanical quasiparticles visible in atomically thin nanocrystals.

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    04 Aug 2021

    Successful beta test for “Kitty Q”

    The cellphone game by the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat has been successfully tested by children, adolescents, and their parents. The app is already scheduled for global release in October.

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    02 Jul 2021

    "Construction manual" for quantum materials

    Physicists from the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat have discovered a minimum distance at which electrons in wires made of quantum materials must flow in order to conduct electricity in a dissipationless manner. The research results have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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    18 Jun 2021

    Karl Leo receives the European Inventor Award 2021 in the “Lifetime Achievement” category

    Dresden physicist Prof. Karl Leo is honored with the European Inventor of the Year 2021 in the “Lifetime Achievement” category. Leo is one of the 25 principal investigators of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat, where he primarily researches semiconductor-based topological photonics.

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    31 May 2021

    Topolectrical circuits: A new direction of topological research is ready for take off

    Through a recently developed experimental platform, topological matter can be realized in a fast, cost efficient, and versatile way. It was only about two years ago that researchers of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat realized "Topolectric Circuits" and did important pioneering work on their conceptualization for synthetic topological matter. Another breakthrough has now been achieved by the team led by Würzburg physicist Prof. Dr. Ronny Thomale.

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    28 May 2021

    Electrons waiting for their turn: new model explains 3D quantum material

    Scientists from the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat have developed a new understanding of how electrons behave in strong magnetic fields. Their results explain measurements of electric currents in three-dimensional materials that signal a quantum Hall effect. These results have just been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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    17 May 2021

    It's all about the surface

    The extraordinary material manganese bismuth telluride is the first topological insulator to exhibit a number of spectacular physical effects due to its internal magnetic field. Now, researchers of the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat found out which atomic layer has to be on the surface for this to happen. This makes it possible to better control the properties of this quantum material and brings it a little closer to everyday use. For the future, this promises a more energy-efficient technology.

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    19 Apr 2021

    Discovery trip in the mini-cosmos

    Physicist Tobias Meng is fascinated by electrons. They can do incredible things and help to find new materials.

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