initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Ana Achúcarro & Luca Giomi (read about its history)

Dinner participants: 40


Pablo Jarillo-Herrero


February 05

7:30 p.m.


Magic Angle Graphene: a New Platform for Strongly Correlated Physics

The understanding of strongly-correlated quantum matter has challenged physicists for decades. Such difficulties have stimulated new research paradigms, such as ultra-cold atom lattices for simulating quantum materials. In this talk I will present a new platform to investigate strongly correlated physics, based on graphene moiré superlattices. In particular, I will show that when two graphene sheets are twisted by an angle close to the theoretically predicted 'magic angle', the resulting flat band structure near the Dirac point gives rise to a strongly-correlated electronic system. These flat bands exhibit half-filling insulating phases at zero magnetic field, which we show to be a correlated insulator arising from electrons localized in the moiré superlattice. Moreover, upon doping, we find electrically tunable superconductivity in this system, with many characteristics similar to high-temperature cuprates superconductivity. These unique properties of magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene open up a new playground for exotic many-body quantum phases in a 2D platform made of pure carbon and without magnetic field. The easy accessibility of the flat bands, the electrical tunability, and the bandwidth tunability though twist angle may pave the way towards more exotic correlated systems, such as quantum spin liquids or correlated topological insulators.

The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium.

Meal registrations may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up.

Colloquium Ehrenfestii Program 2020

15 Jan

Max Welling (University of Amsterdam)

The Physics Inside Deep Learning

05 Feb

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT)

Magic Angle Graphene: a New Platform for Strongly Correlated Physics

04 Mar

Gregory Dvali (Lorentz Professor, NYU and LMU Munich)

Universality of Laws of Information and Unitarity

10 Jun

Andrew Strominger (Harvard)


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