Special CMX Seminar

Friday January 10, 2020 12:00 PM

Twistronics: manipulating the spectrum of Hamiltonian operators for two-dimensional layered structures through their twist angle

Speaker: Mitchell Luskin, Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Location: Annenberg 213

Stacking and twisting a few layers of 2D materials such as graphene opens the possibility of tuning the electronic and optical properties of 2D materials. One of the main issues encountered in the modeling of 2D heterostructures is that lattice mismatch and rotations between the layers destroys the periodic character of the system. I will present basic concepts and efficient computational methods for mechanical relaxation, electronic density of states, and conductivity in the incommensurate setting.

Superconductivity has recently been discovered in twisted bilayer graphene at a "magic" twist angle with an isolated "flat band." I will describe our search for superconductivity in twisted trilinear graphene in collaboration with the experimental group of Ke Wang by computing its mechanical relaxation and the spectrum (band structure) of its Hamiltonian.

Series CMX Special Seminar Series

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