Department of Mathematics


  •  Alexander Watson, University of Minnesota
  •  Mathematics of novel materials from atomic to macroscopic scales
  •  01/13/2023
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Sabrina M Walton (

Materials' electronic properties arise from the complex dynamics of electrons flowing through the material. These dynamics are quantum mechanical and present many surprising phenomena without classical analogues. I will present analytical and numerical work clarifying these dynamics in three novel materials which have attracted intense theoretical and experimental attention in recent years: graphene, the first ``2D'' material, whose electronic properties can be captured by an effective Dirac equation, topological insulators, whose edges host surprising one-way edge currents, and twisted bilayer graphene, an aperiodic material whose properties can be captured by an effective system of Dirac equations with periodic coefficients. I will then present ongoing and future work focused on further clarifying the properties of twisted bilayer graphene, which was recently shown to superconduct when twisted to the ``magic'' twist angle 1 degree.



Department of Mathematics
Michigan State University
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East Lansing, MI 48824

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