A Method To Transform Everyday Materials Into Conductors For Use In Quantum Computers

A technical paper titled “Controllable strain-driven topological phase transition and dominant surface-state transport in HfTe5” was published by researchers at University of California Irvine, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and University of Tennessee. Abstract: "The fine-tuning of topologically protected states in quantum materials holds great promise for novel electronic devices. Howe... » read more

Efficient Spin-Orbit Torque Switching with Non-Epitaxial Chalcogenide Heterostructures

Abstract: "The spin–orbit torques (SOTs) generated from topological insulators (TIs) have gained increasing attention in recent years. These TIs, which are typically formed by epitaxially grown chalcogenides, possess extremely high SOT efficiencies and have great potential to be employed in next-generation spintronics devices. However, epitaxy of these chalcogenides is required to ensure the... » read more

System Bits: Oct. 29

Coupling photons with electrons With the potential to lead to the creation of materials whose electronic properties could be “tuned” in real time simply by shining precise laser beams at them, researchers at MIT have produced and measured a coupling of photons and electrons on the surface of an unusual type of material called a topological insulator. This type of coupling had been predicte... » read more