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Niels Pichon and Joachim Sødequist: A novel approach to electron transport research and teaching using Virtual Reality

posted 12 Aug 2019, 06:58 by info admin   [ updated 12 Aug 2019, 07:08 ]

DTU Physics, Technical University of Denmark

At the atomic scale, correlation between form and function is key. Electron transport is no exception to the rule. Any subtle change in lattice structure, defect or external contamination can change radically the transmission of a given low-dimensional system. However, making accurate theoretical predictions of the transport properties of a single configuration can be very computation heavy, which prohibits rapid testing. This ultimately makes the development of an intuition for the phenomena involved at the atomic-scale an extremely slow process.

By leveraging the possibilities offered by Virtual Reality, we provide a novel approach which aims at making the teaching and research in 2D materials more approachable, by allowing for fast experimentation and prototyping. As a demonstrator, we have, using various tricks of the trade, designed a tool that outputs real-time electron transport calculations, based on the user defined structures.

Niels Pichon is currently a Master student at DTU Physics, studying fluorographene in Peter Bøggild’s group. Being a VR and AI enthusiast, he has been working as student assistant on developing the DevinaVR software environment. Joachim Sødequist is also a Master Student at DTU Physics, focusing mostly on theoretical condensed matter physics. He has been working on the real time transport calculation for the last few months as a research assistant.