Mathematical Models for Moiré Physics

Speaker: Mitchell Luskin (University of Minnesota)
Occasion: Mathematical and Computational Materials Science
Date: February 18, 2021

Abstract: Layers of two-dimensional materials stacked with a small twist-angle give rise to periodic beating patterns on a “moiré superlattice” scale much larger than the original lattice. This effective large-scale fundamental domain allows phenomena such as the fractal Hofstadter butterfly to be observed in crystalline materials at experimental magnetic fields. More recently, this new length scale has allowed experimentalists to observe new correlated electronic phases such as superconductivity at a lower electron density than previously accessible and has motivated an intense focus by theorists to develop models for this correlated behavior. We will present some mathematical and computational models for these experimental platforms and theoretical models.