Magnetotransport in Topological Materials

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Badih Assaf
Organization: Northeastern University
Sponsor: Introduction to Physics Research

Topological materials are a new state of matter arising in compounds generally characterized by topologically distinct (inverted) band structures. They are predicted to host spin-polarized Dirac surface states that enclose an insulating bulk. The talk will give an overview on topological materials and will focus more specifically on magnetotransport results measured in MBE grown Bi2Te2Se and SnTe films. The talk will also cover some ongoing research topics in device physics. In the near future, topological materials are expected to have an impact on various disciplines ranging from device engineering (MOSFETs, RAM…) to particle physics (Monopoles, Majorana Fermions…).