Virtual Department Colloquium: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - Revisiting the Mott transition with new materials: From an old problem to new physics

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 3:45pm

Event Date Details: 

This will be an Zoom streamed event. 

Event Location: 

  • Zoom Only
  • Physics Department Colloquium

Revisiting the Mott transition with new materials:

From an old problem to new physics

Kin Fai Mak, Cornell

 

The Mott transition, the localization of electrons by Coulomb forces, as simple as it may seem, is one of the most intriguing problems in strong correlation physics. Whether a continuous Mott transition from a non-magnetic Mott insulator to a Landau Fermi liquid is possible remains as an open question. Such a transition, if allowed, has been theorized as a route to realize exotic quantum spin liquids. In this talk, I will first review the history and the basic concepts of the Mott transition. I will then discuss the realization of a continuous Mott transition in semiconductor moiré materials with a particular focus on the electronic and magnetic properties near the transition. I will end with a brief outlook on future opportunities and challenges in studying the Mott transition with moiré materials.