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Volume 1 Issue 10, October 2021

Computational design of 2D quantum defects

Quantum defects in two-dimensional (2D) materials are considered important candidates for next-generation quantum technologies. However, the reduced dimension brings in difficulties, such as anisotropic dielectric screening and strong many-body interactions, which encourages the development of advanced first-principle theories for guiding rational design of 2D quantum defects. In this issue, Yuan Ping and Tyler J. Smart discuss the recent achievements in advanced electronic structure theories for 2D quantum defects, and further examine the theoretical and methodological challenges in the field.

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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • An efficient parallelization technique for tensor network contraction, developed by a careful balance between memory requirement and computational time, speeds up classical simulation of quantum computers.

    • Jordi Tura
    News & Views
  • A framework called EPICS predicts microbial community structures by estimating effective pairwise interactions in an efficient and scalable way.

    • Boyang Ji
    • Markus J. Herrgård
    • Jens Nielsen
    News & Views
  • Mobile-phone data reveal a cognitive strategy in human navigation and motivate the development of a new route planning model, with potential implications for traffic forecasting and transportation planning.

    • Laura Alessandretti
    News & Views
  • Finding a parameter that can accurately identify the order–disorder phase transition, especially for complex physical systems with high-dimensional configurational space, is a challenging task. Recent work proposes a machine learning approach to effectively tackle this challenge.

    • Evert van Nieuwenburg
    News & Views
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  • Quantum defects in two-dimensional materials offer promises for the next-generation quantum information technology. However, the rational design of these defects faces challenges, and thus, requires the development of advanced theoretical and computational models.

    • Yuan Ping
    • Tyler J. Smart
    Review Article
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