WSTHU1: Structural Responses to Electronic Order in Quantum Materials from Total Scattering Approaches

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Quantum materials lie at the heart of condensed matter physics due to their rich properties, such as superconductivity, charge, spin and pair density waves, pseudogaps, frustrated magnetism, colossal magnetoresistance and metal-insulator transitions. Emergence of these application-relevant electronic properties is frequently coupled to the underlying host lattice. The structural responses can be localized and hard to detect using conventional low energy powder diffraction techniques due to the weak diffuse scattering signals being hidden under the strong Bragg reflections. Total scattering-based methods, such the atomic pair distribution function (PDF), offer a powerful tool set that has been successfully utilized to study weak structural responses associated with such electronic phenomena. This workshop will bring together leading researchers in the field of quantum materials and total scattering methods to review important materials classes and to point out the critical structural issues. This workshop will demonstrate how PDF is deployed to study these materials. It will showcase current and future capabilities of 28-ID-1 beamline of the NSLS-II, and will identify the total scattering instrumentation developments needed to address the most pressing questions at the forefront of structure/property relationship in these systems.

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Meeting ID: 161 092 3439
Pass Code: 343836

M. Abeykoon (NSLS-II, BNL)
E. Bozin (CMPMS, BNL)
T. Tyson (NJIT)

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    • 8:00 AM 8:05 AM
      Opening Remarks 5m
    • 8:05 AM 8:35 AM
      Over what length scale are the properties of matter determined by a material’s crystal structure? 30m
      Speaker: Robert Cava (Princeton University)
    • 8:35 AM 9:05 AM
      From Structure to Property in Quantum Materials 30m
      Speaker: Gabriel Kotliar (Rutgers University)
    • 9:05 AM 9:35 AM
      Correlated disorder by design 30m
      Speaker: Andrew Goodwin (Oxford University)
    • 9:35 AM 10:05 AM
      Charge density modulation and defect ordering in the NaxMnBiy magnetic semimetal 30m
      Speaker: Despina Louca (University of Virginia)
    • 10:05 AM 10:20 AM
      From superconductors to super insulators: What pair distribution function analysis can tell us about exotic electronic states in quantum materials 15m
      Speaker: Ben Frandsen (Brigham University)
    • 10:20 AM 10:35 AM
      Delocalized Magnetism In the intercalated honeycomb iridate Ag3LiIr2O6 15m
      Speaker: Kemp Plumb (Brown University)
    • 10:35 AM 10:50 AM
      Defect-mediated optimal nanoscale magnetic functionalities 15m
      Speaker: Alex Lappas (IESL FORTH)
    • 10:50 AM 11:05 AM
      Towards comprehensive x-ray scattering studies of quantum materials 15m
      Speaker: Jacob Ruff (CHESS Cornell University)
    • 11:05 AM 11:20 AM
      Local structure probes for identifying dual orbital degeneracy lifting in a strongly correlated electron system 15m
      Speaker: Robert Koch (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
    • 11:20 AM 11:35 AM
      Programmable hyperbolic polaritons in van der Waals Semiconductors 15m
      Speaker: Aaron Sternbach (Columbia University)
    • 11:35 AM 11:50 AM
      Break 15m
    • 11:50 AM 12:20 PM
      Real Space Mapping of Structural Correlations in Quantum Materials 30m
      Speaker: Raymond Osborn (APS Argonne National Laboratory)
    • 12:20 PM 12:50 PM
      Deliberately introducing defects to control the thermal expansion and response to pressure of ReO3-type metal fluorides 30m
      Speaker: Angus Wilkinson (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • 12:50 PM 1:00 PM
      Discussion and concluding remarks 10m