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Disorder induces topological Anderson insulator
October 11, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A team of experimental physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made the first observation of a specific type of topological insulator that's induced by disorder. Professor Bryce Gadway and his graduate students Eric Meier and Alex An used atomic quantum simulation, an experimental technique employing finely tuned lasers and ultracold atoms about a billion times colder than room temperature, to mimic the physical properties of 1D electronic wires. Full Story
University of Illinois College of Engineering
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