Topological and two-dimensional materials; heterostructures displaying novel functionalities for applications in quantum science; topological 2D superconductors and their heterostructures with topological insulators; skyrmions/merons in magnetic 2D materials, topologically protected states.
Novel quantum phenomena in thin films of spin-frustrated magnetic oxides; investigation of emergent properties that involve intricate coupling between spin, charge, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom.
The theory of quantum matter and quantum computation; topological quantum computation, quantum entanglement as a measure of topological order, and quantum computing with semiconductor quantum dots.
Flaws/weaknesses of the NIST selected post quantum cryptography systems; customized software/ micro-controller implementations that improve efficiency (drop-in applications); modifications for lightweight applications that target specific security requirements.
Condensed matter many-body theory for strongly interacting quantum matter; emergent correlations and spin dynamics of frustrated magnets; theoretical tools for quantum information based on reduced density matrices of quantum many body wavefunctions.
Non-trivial magnetic and quantum phase transitions; magneto-electric coupling; anomalous magnetism emerging from coupling between crystal structure and single-ion magnetic anisotropy. Emergent phenomena in strongly correlated electron materials with strong spin-orbit coupling.
Quantum spin dynamics, superconducting chips for highly sensitive quantum measurements, on-chip superconducting cavities in the spin-photon strong coupling regime, superconducting quantum interference devices coupled to cavities as sensitive detectors of spin-photon states.
Superconducting radio-frequency cavities for dark matter searches, particle acceleration, and environments around quantum bits; the materials science of the resonator and details of 2-level systems connected with surface oxides.
Development of ab initio cavity quantum electrodynamics approaches for describing hybrid light-matter states known as polaritons; development of reduced density matrix methods for modeling strong electron and as tools for error mitigation in NISQ applications.
Theoretical condensed matter physics as applied to quantum materials; quantum phase transitions, metal-insulator transitions; development of theoretical ideas and tools for accurate description of physical properties and phase transitions.
Insight on new emergent phenomena in many-body open quantum systems using quantum information science tools such as entanglement measures, mappings of fermionic degrees of freedom on qubits, or tensor networks. Simulation of decaying systems on quantum computers.
Thin film growth of novel quantum materials and heterostructures; measurements of electronic structure using planar tunneling and point contact electron spectroscopies to study strongly-correlated states in heavy fermions, correlated topological materials, unconventional superconductors, and other quantum materials.
Experimental and numerical study of quantum fluid dynamics in superfluid systems, accelerator cryogenic, WIMP dark-matter detection using superfluid target material, liquid-hydrogen based aviation, and qubit systems made by single electrons on liquid helium or solid neon surfaces.
The structure and properties of metal ion-linked molecular assemblies on inorganic substrates; steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies to track energy migration of spin active species as well as device measurements to probe photon-to-current signal generation.
Electron spin resonance spectroscopy, with emphasis on molecule-based systems of potential interest for next generation quantum technologies; development of instrumentation and methodologies for interrogating spins in molecules over a wide range of microwave frequencies and magnetic fields.
Condensed matter theory of interacting quantum systems; application-driven material development; electronic and optical phenomena in 2D quantum materials: plasmonics, superconductivity, non-linear responses.
Optical and quantum phenomena at the nanometer length scales through strong light-matter interactions in low-dimensional quantum materials and devices; design and construction of next-generation scanning nano-optical instruments to probe and manipulate quantum-light waves.
Quantum algorithms to advance materials computational research; evaluating implementation of quantum linear algebra algorithms on superconducting qubit hardware; integrating quantum relations into a field-coupled continuum model to predict the behavior of materials.
Quantum complexity in (quasi-) 2D materials: quantum phase transitions; novel phenomena emerging from the interplay of various orders; nonequilibrium charge dynamics (e.g., glassiness, thermalization, many-body localization); superconductivity; role of disorder; mesoscopic effects.
Synthesis and characterization of magnetic molecules for quantum information processing; investigation of molecular materials as host lattices for clock transitions; design of dimers and trimers of transition and lanthanide metal ions for implementing quantum gate operations.
Innovative nanomaterials for solid state lighting (LEDs), spin electronics (spintronics, dilute magnetic semiconductors), and magnetic composites for advanced motor technology to reduce size, power demands, and improve performance.
Many-body exchange interactions and emergent quantum phenomena in correlated systems; electronic and magnetic properties of molecular materials; low-energy spectroscopy at low temperatures, high pressures, and/or high magnetic fields.
Novel theoretical questions of open mesoscopic quantum systems, targeting problems related to quantum signal propagation, quantum dynamics, role of environment including noise, complexity, thermalization, and entanglement.
Non-conventional electronic and magnetic states emerging from quantum properties of matter; synthesis of materials and characterization of their behavior in high magnetic fields.
Emergent quantum phenomena and novel electronic excitations in various low-dimensional quantum materials and their heterostructures; topological spin states and electronic excitations in chiral materials and heterostructures of superconductors and topological insulators.
Applications of quantum information concepts and methodology in condensed matter physics, as well as to bridge different branches of physics and between physics and other fields, including math, computer science, and materials research.