The Theoretical Condensed Matter group at Sabanci University studies fundamental physics problems that arise in nano-scale systems and exotic new materials called topological insulators and superconductors.
Quantum Thermodynamics and Quantum Transport is a research area that aims to understand the relation between internal degrees of freedom such as spin and/or valley, as well as heat flow and entropy in quantum systems. It is expected that such research will lead to new nanoelectronics devices, heat engines that operate in the quantum domain which might provide new functionalities or simply be more efficient.
In the field of Quantum Information and Computation, our group focuses on exploiting fundamental phenomena to develop devices that can process quantum information with high fidelity.
One of the main research interests of our group is the physics of topological materials. We are interested in the quantum dynamics of charge carriers, be it electrons, holes or Cooper pairs, exploring new transport phenomena that are unique to these systems. We are also interested in exploiting these new phenomena for designing new devices for nanoelectronics and spintronics applications, paving the way to future electronics.
Another main interest in our group is quantum thermodynamics. We propose and investigate devices that operate as quantum heat engines in the microscopic world. Such an engine, which we call a Quantum Information Engine, among other things, can use stored resources (memory) to convert heat into electrical work, mimicking a Maxwell’s demon that is implemented as a nanodevice. We show that such a device will outperform conventional means of energy storage (two US patents granted).
A final interest of our group is to find new ways to do quantum computation, by studying exotic excitations called the edge vortices. Such objects can be induced at the edge of a topological superconductor and feature nonabelian statistics, which can be used for topological quantum computation.