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Quantum materials

Research on quantum materials brings together scientists working on a variety of problems at the frontiers of physics, materials science and engineering. The properties of these systems are uniquely defined by quantum mechanical effects that remain manifest at high temperatures and macroscopic length scales.

This joint Nature Physics and Nature Materials Insight explores the physics of quantum materials, their synthesis and design, the control over their properties, and the functionality that emerges from these properties.

This Insight is produced with the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation. As always, Nature Research takes sole responsibility for the editorial content.

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  • Nature Physics | Review Article

    This Review surveys the electronic properties of quantum materials through the prism of the electron wavefunction, and examines how its entanglement and topology give rise to a rich variety of quantum states and phases.

    • B. Keimer
    •  &  J. E. Moore
  • Nature Materials | Review Article

    The exploration of the properties and applications of quantum materials relies on advances in synthesis techniques. The approaches pursued to realize thin films and other materials revealing emergent quantum behaviour are reviewed here.

    • Nitin Samarth
  • Nature Materials | Review Article

    The key to exploiting quantum materials for applications is the control of their properties. This Review discusses strategies to externally modify their properties on demand.

    • D. N. Basov
    • , R. D. Averitt
    •  &  D. Hsieh
  • Nature Physics | Review Article

    Topology and collective phenomena give quantum materials emergent functions that provide a platform for developing next-generation quantum technologies, as surveyed in this Review.

    • Yoshinori Tokura
    • , Masashi Kawasaki
    •  &  Naoto Nagaosa
  • Nature Materials | Commentary

    Specialized imaging methods are now available to measure the quantum properties of materials with high sensitivity and resolution. These techniques are key to the design, synthesis and understanding of materials with exotic functionalities.

    • Kathryn Ann Moler
  • Nature Physics | Commentary

    The emergent phenomena that characterize quantum materials have received prominent exposure thanks to experimental techniques based on photoemission. In turn, the challenges and opportunities presented by quantum materials have driven improvements in the photoemission technology itself.

    • Nuh Gedik
    •  &  Inna Vishik

From the archive

  • Nature Physics | Editorial

    Emergent phenomena are common in condensed matter. Their study now extends beyond strongly correlated electron systems, giving rise to the broader concept of quantum materials.

  • Nature Materials | Perspective

    This Perspective discusses recent progress in the field of topological states in condensed matter; initiated by the quantum Hall effect, it now includes systems like topological insulators, topological superconductors, and Weyl/Dirac semimetals.

    • Jing Wang
    •  &  Shou-Cheng Zhang
  • Nature Physics | Commentary

    Condensed-matter physics brings us quasiparticles that behave like massless fermions.

    • B. Andrei Bernevig
  • Nature Materials | Review Article

    From magnetism, ferroelectricity and superconductivity to electrical and thermal properties, oxides show a broad range of phenomena of fundamental as well as practical relevance. Reviewed here are the emergent phenomena arising at the interface between oxide materials, which have attracted considerable interest based on advances in thin-film deposition techniques.

    • H. Y. Hwang
    • , Y. Iwasa
    • , M. Kawasaki
    • , B. Keimer
    • , N. Nagaosa
    •  &  Y. Tokura
  • Nature Physics | Perspective

    The term 'high-temperature superconductor' used to refer only to copper-based compounds — now, iron-based pnictides have entered the frame. The comparison of these two types of superconductor is revealing, and suggestive of what might be needed to achieve even higher transition temperatures.

    • D. N. Basov
    •  &  Andrey V. Chubukov
  • Nature Materials | Commentary

    Collective quantum phenomena such as magnetism, superfluidity and superconductivity have been pre-eminent themes of condensed-matter physics in the past century. Neutron scattering has provided unique insights into the microscopic origin of these phenomena.

    • Steven T. Bramwell
    •  &  Bernhard Keimer