A physicist at the University of Central Florida claims to have discovered a new material with the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials.
Quantum materials are composed of microscopically condensed matter and are expected to change our development of technology as we enter the "Quantum Age".
Instead of using silicon to advance technology, researchers entering the Quantum Age are finding new quantum materials such as conductors that have the ability to use and store energy at the subatomic level.
Our discovery takes us one step closer to the application of quantum materials
The University's assistant professor, Madhab Neupane, has spent his career researching these new materials, which are expected to become the foundation of the technology to develop quantum computers and long-lasting memory devices.
He believes that these new devices will increase computing power for big data and greatly reduce the amount of energy required to power electronics.
The University states that once these quantum phenomena are better understood and can be engineered, the new technologies that come out of it are expected to change the world, much like electronics did at the end of the 20th century.
Neupane's latest discovery, published in a study in the journal Nature Communications, is said to be a big step in making this happen.
It's the first material that has multiple quantum properties, meaning there is more than one electron pattern that develops within the electronic structure
"Our discovery takes us one step closer to the application of quantum materials and helps us gain a deeper understanding of the interactions between various quantum phases," Neupane said.
The material Neupane discovered alongside his team is Hf2Te2P, a chemically composed of hafnium, tellurium and phosphorus. It's the first material that has multiple quantum properties, meaning there is more than one electron pattern that develops within the electronic structure, giving it a range of quantum properties.
"With the discovery of such an incredible material, we are at the brink of having a deeper understanding of the interplay of topological phases and developing the foundation for a new model from which all technology will be based off, essentially the silicon of a new era," Neupane added.
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