Steven G. Louie: Interaction and Topological Effects in Atomically Thin 1D & 2D Materials

posted 30 Apr 2019, 03:17 by Peter Boggild

Physics Department, University of California at Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California 94720 U.S.A.

Symmetry, interaction and topological effects, as well as environmental screening, dominate many quantum properties of reduced-dimensional systems, leading often to manifestation of counter-intuitive concepts and phenomena that may not be so prominent or have not been seen in bulk materials.  In this talk, I present some fascinating discoveries in recent studies of atomically thin one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) materials. A number of interesting and unexpected behaviors have been found – e.g., strongly bound excitons (electron-hole pairs) with unusual energy level structures and new topology-dictated optical selection rules, tunable magnetism and plasmonic properties, novel topological phases, correlated multi-particle excitations, excitonic shift currents, etc. – adding to the promise of these 1D and 2D materials for exploration of new science and valuable applications.
Professor Steven G. Louie received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in 1976. After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, and U of Penn, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980, where he is professor of physics and concurrently a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Academia Sinica (Taiwan), as well as a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society.  Among his other honors, he is recipient of the APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, the APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface Physics, the Materials Theory Award of the Materials Research Society, the Foresight Institute Richard P. Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Sustained Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics, as well as Jubilee Professor of the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and H. C. Ørsted Lecturer of the Technical University of Denmark.  Professor Louie’s research spans a broad spectrum of topics in theoretical condensed matter physics and nanoscience. He is known for his groundbreaking work on the ab initio GW method and for his seminal work on surfaces and interfaces, nanostructures, and reduced-dimensional systems.