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August 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

Sandler, Ulloa Land $400,000 Grant to Study Spin Correlation

Dr. Nancy Sandler

Dr. Nancy Sandler

By Samantha Peko

Dr. Nancy Sandler and Dr. Sergio Ulloa, both physics professors of Physics at Ohio University and NQPI members, will study spin correlations and spin-orbit effects in new quantum materials with a grant for $405,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Spin correlation and spin-orbit looks at the interaction between electrons in the electronic structure of a quantum system. To test this interaction, the researchers will experiment with combining atomically small materials with strong semiconductor properties such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, flat-band Kagome crystals and 3D Dirac semimetals. These tests may show how these structures react to external electromagnetic and strain fields and contribute to scientific advances in developing quantum information processing (the next generation of computers).

To carry out this task, Sandler and Ulloa will collaborate with three groups in Florida and Ohio, and internationally (Argentina and Brazil) and use state-of-the art experiments in transport, scanning tunneling probes and optical arrangements.

The project will begin immediately and culminate by the fall of 2018.

NQPI, the Nanoscale & Quantum Phenomena Institute, is a an interdisciplinary institute at Ohio University.

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