Princeton scientists discover a topological magnet that exhibits exotic quantum effects

Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

An international team led by researchers at Princeton University has uncovered a new class of magnet that exhibits novel quantum effects that extend to room temperature.

The researchers discovered a quantized topological phase in a pristine magnet. Their findings provide insights into a 30-year-old theory of how electrons spontaneously quantize and demonstrate a proof-of-principle method to discover new topological magnets. Quantum magnets are promising platforms for dissipationless current, high storage capacity and future green technologies. The study was published in the journal Nature this week. The STM experimental work and the theoretical prediction of topological materials were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. 

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