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New York University: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Benedetta Flebus, University of California

Probing magnetization dynamics and unveiling new electronic phenomena

In the first part of my talk, I will focus on quantum-impurity (QI) relaxometry as a method to probe collective excitations in magnetic insulators. I will introduce a general framework that relates the QI relaxation time to the properties of magnetic collective modes, unveiling novel capabilities of this technique. Specifically, I will show that QI relaxometry can be used as a probe of the antiferromagnetic chemical potential, magnon transport properties and collective modes associated with topological defects.

Finally, I will introduce our proposal for coupling distant QI spins via the spin superfluid mode hosted by an antiferromagnetic domain wall.

In the second part of my talk, I will focus on the electronic properties of a carbon nanotube — graphene heterostructure. Motivated by the groundbreaking discovery of the rich phase diagram of bilayer graphene when close to a magic twist angle, we derived a low-energy theory that accounts both for rotations and rigid displacements of the nanotube with respect to the underlying graphene layer. I will discuss our general model and I will illustrate how, even for a vanishing twist angle, rigid displacements of a nanotube with respect to a graphene substrate can alter its electronic structure qualitatively.

Earlier Event: November 15
Kopernik Observatory Special Event
Later Event: November 19
The City College of New York Lecture