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Quantum Modeling of Nanoscale Materials for Electronics

"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems.

But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can,

learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on." - Richard Feynman.


Nanoscience is an emerging research area in the 21st century and holds the key to the various physical phenomena that occur in nature as well as in our day to day life. Our motto has been to understand and learn this very basic science and improve upon it whatever we can for the betterment of the mankind.

We study various nanomaterials such as single molecular junction, carbon nanotubes, magnetic and semi-conducting nanowires in our group and explore possible usage of these materials for electronics applications. Particularly we ask questions: What governs the behavior of these materials at the level of atoms and electrons? Can we control the behavior of electrons in these materials? Can we design new materials with novel properties based on our understanding? As classical physics fails to describe such quantum controlled system, we use quantum many body physics, which includes quantum interaction between electrons (charge and spin) explicitly, to address these questions.

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With best regards,

Ranjit Pati

Department of Physics
Michigan Technological University

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