Light-Matter Control of Quantum Materials

  • PC Department Seminar
  • Date: Aug 28, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Michael Sentef
  • University of Bremen & MPI for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg
  • Location: Building G
  • Room: 2.06
  • Host: Melanie Müller
Light-Matter Control of Quantum Materials
Advances in time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies have enabled us to follow the microscopic dynamics of quantum materials on femtosecond time scales. This gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of how complex, emergent functionalities of quantum many-body systems develop on ultrafast time scales or react to external forces.

The ultimate dream of the community is to use light as a tuning parameter to create new states of matter on demand with designed properties and new functionalities, perhaps not achievable by other means. In this talk I will discuss recent progress in controlling and engineering properties of quantum materials through light-matter interaction [0]. I will highlight work on Floquet engineering — the creation of effective Hamiltonians by time-periodic drives — on sub-cycle time scales [1,2] combining theory and pump-probe experiments at the limits of energy and time resolution. I will then showcase recent theories on inducing superconductivity with light by employing enhanced light-matter interaction in the near-field involving polaritonic excitations [3,4].

[0] M. A. Sentef, „Licht treibt Materie an“, Physik-Journal, März 2023
[1] M. Schüler and M. A. Sentef,
[2] S. Ito et al., Nature 616, 696-701 (2023),
[3] C. J. Eckhardt et al., arXiv:2303.02176
[4] S. Chattopadhyay et al., arXiv:2303.15355

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