29 Mar 2023
  • Johannes Lischner (Imperial College)

    29 Mar 2023  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Niels Bohr Seminar Room (6th floor)

    Electrons, excitons and phonons in moiré materials from atomistic simulations

    Beautiful moiré patterns can be created by stacking and twisting two-dimensional crystals, such as graphene or transition metal dichalcogenides. One of the most fascinating discoveries in recent years is that electrons are strongly affected by these moiré patterns and often exhibit completely unexpected behaviour. For example, twisted bilayer graphene – composed of two (semi-)metallic graphene layers – was observed to exhibit correlated insulator states as well as superconductivity at a magic twist angle of 1.1 degrees. In my talk, I will describe my group’s efforts to understand the electronic, vibrational and optical properties of moiré materials from an atomistic perspective which is challenging because of the large unit cells in these systems (often containing thousands of atoms). To overcome this difficulty, we use linear-scaling ab initio methods as well as ab initio-derived tight-binding models and effective moiré-scale models. These techniques give detailed insights into the material-specific properties of moiré materials, such as the ordering of K-derived and Gamma-derived valence bands.

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  • Anton Souslov (University of Bath)

    19 Apr 2023  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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