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Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials, holding promise for technological applications.An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator — and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise. The results, published July 20 in the journal Nature, show that topological insulators are much more common in nature than currently believed.

Topological Quantum Chemistry

July 20, 2017

Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials, holding promise for technological applications.

An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator — and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise. The results, published July 20 in the journal Nature, show that topological insulators are much more common in nature than currently believed.

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Previously thought to only occur in the early stages of the universe and within neutron stars and black holes

IBM Scientists Observe Elusive Gravitational Effect in Solid-State Physics

July 19, 2017

Previously thought to only occur in the early stages of the universe and within neutron stars and black holes [more]
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for chemical Physics of solids in Dresden discovered a system where a charge order can be continuously tuned to T = 0 by chemical substitution. Surprisingly, they observed a strong enhancement of superconductivity just at the quantum critical point where the charge order disappears. This opens a new window for studying the relation between superconductivity and critical fluctuations at quantum critical points.

Charge density wave quantum critical point with strong enhancement of superconductivity

July 10, 2017

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for chemical Physics of solids in Dresden discovered a system where a charge order can be continuously tuned to T = 0 by chemical substitution. Surprisingly, they observed a strong enhancement of superconductivity just at the quantum critical point where the charge order disappears. This opens a new window for studying the relation between superconductivity and critical fluctuations at quantum critical points.

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In a collaboration between the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the department Chemical Metals Science at MPI CPfS, defect concentrations in clathrate networks and the existence of high temperature phases have been predicted theoretically.

Composition of clathrates: Computational structure analysis

June 27, 2017

In a collaboration between the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the department Chemical Metals Science at MPI CPfS, defect concentrations in clathrate networks and the existence of high temperature phases have been predicted theoretically.

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The PETMEM consortium met at MPI-CPfS Dresden on the 15th and 16th of June 2017 for the Month-18 consortium meeting.

PETMEM Meeting

June 22, 2017

The PETMEM consortium met at MPI-CPfS Dresden on the 15th and 16th of June 2017 for the Month-18 consortium meeting. [more]

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