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Conversations on the Quantum World: The Power of Quantum Materials
Electronics continue to shrink in size to grow in capability, speed, and efficiency. The devices that power society now rely on components engineered at the nanoscale. At such small scales, quantum effects begin to take over, exerting a powerful influence on how materials work. Industry professionals turn to physicists for answers about these seemingly confounding but critically important effects. In this event, experimental physicist Nai-Chang Yeh will share insights on what quantum materials are and why we can expect them in all our future technologies.

Presented by the Caltech Science Exchange

May 25, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Nai-Chang Yeh
Thomas W. Hogan Professor of Physics
Nai-Chang Yeh invents powerful tools and approaches to study and engineer materials at the scale of billionths of a meter. She investigates materials with fascinating quantum properties, such as superconductors, exotic magnets, graphene, topological materials, and materials made of atomically thin sheets or wires. She is interested in their potential uses in efficient nano-electronics, optoelectronics, quantum computers, energy technologies, and other applications. Yeh previously co-directed Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute for six years (2013–2019). An eager student from an early age, she was inspired by the example of her mother, a mathematics professor in Taiwan, and her doctoral adviser at MIT, Mildred Dresselhaus.
Ann Motrunich
Lead Writer, Caltech’s Office of Strategic Communications
Ann Motrunich is a writer focused on advancement communications and community relations at Caltech. She received a BS from Western Washington University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Caltech, she worked in scholarly publishing and communications planning and served as a park ranger in one of the most remote communities in the Pacific Northwest.