Jyväskylä, Finland

Emergent Quantum Matter in Artificial Two-dimensional Materials

blended course
when 8 August 2022 - 12 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Van der Waals materials have risen as one the most powerful platforms to explore exotic quantum states in materials. The disruptive impact of 2D materials in physics stems from three key properties of these compounds. First, the variety of electronic orders in these compounds, ranging from conventional states to unconventional ones, rivaling the most exotic bulk compounds. Second, the existence of different electronic orders provides an outstanding starting point to engineer new quantum states by combining different materials. And third, the van der Waals nature of these materials allows engineering emergent electronic states by creating artificial lattices stemming from moire patterns. In this summer course, we will introduce and review some of the most recent developments in quantum van der Waals materials, focusing on the emergence of artificial exotic quantum matter in these systems. The topics covered include:
• Introduction to van der Waals quantum materials
• Introduction to interacting phases of matter: mean-field theory, symmetry breaking, emergent quasiparticles
• Conventional and unconventional superconductivity in van der Waals heterostructures
• Ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism and magnons in monolayer ferromagnets
• Quantum magnetism, quantum spin-liquids and spinons in van der Waals materials
• Artificial moire electronic states in twisted van der Waals heterostructures
• Topological van der Waals matter: quantum spin Hall insulators, integer and fractional Chern insulators
• Van der Waals multiferroic materials

Course leader

Lecturer(s): Ass. Prof. Jose Lado from Aalto University
Coordinator(s): Prof. Tero Heikkilä and Assistant Prof. Shawulienu Kezilebieke (JYU)

Target group

• Introductory solid state physics or materials physics
• Introductory quantum mechanics

Course aim

Learning outcomes: After the course, students will know about the different possibilities in engineering artificial topological matter with van der Waals materials. The students will learn the basics of conventional and unconventional superconductivity, fractionalization in van der Waals quantum magnets, and topological states emerging in two-dimensional materials. The students will gain an overview of different exotic quantum states in van der Waals materials, and in particular, the emergence of unconventional quasiparticles in collective quantum matter. The course will provide a strong background for future studies in quantum materials, quantum electronics, and quantum technologies.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the Summer School courses is free of charge, but students are responsible for covering their own meals, accommodation and travel costs as well as possible visa costs.


Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant Summer School students financial support.