Twistronics: A turning point in 2D quantum materials

12 Jan 2021  ·  Zachariah Hennighausen, Swastik Kar ·

Moir\'e superlattices - periodic orbital overlaps and lattice-reconstruction between sites of high atomic registry in vertically-stacked 2D layered materials - are quantum-active interfaces where non-trivial quantum phases on novel phenomena can emerge from geometric arrangements of 2D materials, which are not intrinsic to the parent materials. Unexpected distortions in band-structure and topology lead to long-range correlations, charge-ordering, and several other fascinating quantum phenomena hidden within the physical space between the (similar or dissimilar) parent materials... Stacking, twisting, gate-modulating, and optically-exciting these superlattices open up a new field for seamlessly exploring physics from the weak to strong correlations limit within a many-body and topological framework. It is impossible to capture it all, and the aim of this review is to highlight some of the important recent developments in synthesis, experiments, and potential applications of these materials. read more

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Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics Materials Science Other Condensed Matter Strongly Correlated Electrons Superconductivity