Physicists have theorized that a new type of material, called a three dimensional (3-D) topological insulator (TI), could be a good candidate from which to create qubits that will be resilient from errors and protected from losing their quantum information. This material has both an insulating interior and metallic top and bottom surfaces that conduct electricity. Few studies exist that have experimentally tested how TIs behave in real life. A new study from the University of Utah has found that when the insulating layers are as thin as 16 quintuple atomic layers across, the top and bottom metallic surfaces begin to influence each other and destroy their metallic properties.
Professor Christoph Boehme has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, effective July 1, 2019. He replaces Peter Trapa who served as chair of the department until he was selected to become the new dean of the College of Science.
The College of Science is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Pearl Sandick from the Department of Physics & Astronomy as the new Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the College of Science, effective July 1, 2019.
Two teams of high school students, one from West High School in Salt Lake City, and the other from a school in the Netherlands, have won the 2019 CERN Beamline for Schools Competition. This is a huge accomplishment! The West High School team was guided by Department professors Charlie Jui and Pearl Sandick.
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