IMX Seminar Series - Controlling quantum materials with light


Event details

Date 06.11.2023
Hour 13:1514:15
Speaker Prof. Gregor Jotzu, EPFL
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

Changing the properties of materials on demand using external parameters is a crucial method: for
generating new functionalities and for understanding the conditions which allow for the appearance of
emergent order. Using laser light for this purpose is a particularly interesting approach, as it provides
control on the fundamental time scales governing a solid, and may lead to the creation of
non-equilibrium steady states without static equivalents. I will present recent experiments
demonstrating that laser-driven quantum materials can display room-temperature superconducting
electrical and magnetic properties. Progress in this research direction is benefitting from current
breakthroughs in both experimental techniques for strongly driving collective modes and extending
new observables to the ultrafast regime, but also from theoretical advancements in the simulation of
many-body systems. This paves the way for exploring phenomena ranging from quantum magnetism
to topological superconductivity under a new light.
Bio: Prof. Jotzu is currently a tenure-track assistant professor in the Institute of Materials at EPFL. His
research concerns the control of quantum materials using intense low-frequency laser pulses and the
dynamics of order formation in strongly correlated quantum systems. After reading physics at Oxford,
he became the von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University. He received his doctorate from ETH Zurich
and his work there was recognized with the Prize in General Physics by the Swiss Physical Society.
Before joining EPFL, he was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics
of Matter in Hamburg.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • Anirudh Raju Natarajan & Tiffany Abitbol


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