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Physics Public Lecture – Tying Electrons into Knots: The New Science of Topological Materials

August 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Until recently it was thought that every material could be classified into one of two types: metals, which conduct electricity, and insulators, which don’t.

Recently physicists proposed and then discovered a new type: topological insulators, which are insulating in their interior but conduct along their surfaces or edges, a discovery which was recognised by the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The lecture will cover:
* Why quantum mechanics makes some materials metals and others insulators
* How topology makes some insulators different from others
* The important role that new topological materials may play in reducing the energy used in computing devices.

https://www.monash.edu/news/events/physics-public-lecture-tying-electrons-into-knots-the-new-science-of-topological-materials

About the speaker
Professor Michael Fuhrer is an ARC Laurete Fellow in the School of Physics at Monash University. Michael directs the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and co-directs the Monash Centre for Atromically Thin Materials. Prior to coming to Monash, Michael directed the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. Michael is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.