Ke WangAssistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Research & Teaching
Publications & Awards
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2014
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2014-2017
My field of study is experimental condensed matter physics, with a research focus on studying novel quantum physics in gate-defined nanostructures on 2D Van der Waals materials.
Electronic properties of solids can undergo dramatic change when the material thickness is reduced to the atomic limit. Notably, even the band structures of mono-layers and bi-layers can be distinctively different in both graphene and transition metal dichalcogenide. The exotic bandstructures of 2D materials are uniquely different from those in conventional 2DEGs, including relativistic dispersion relationship, displacement-field tunable bandgap, spin-valley locking near band edges, and anisotropic effective mass.
We further tailor these interesting bandstructures to new platforms of studying novel quantum physics. We prepare ultra high quality atomically-thin electronic systems by assembling Van der Waals heterostructures encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitrides, and fabricate gate-defined nanostructures using state-of-the-art lithography techniques. With experimental control over local Hamiltonians, we manipulate spin, layer, valley and sublattice quantum numbers towards realizing novel functional quantum devices in optoelectronics, spintronics, valleytronics and quantum computing, and study new phases of matter such as Dirac fluid, Luttinger liquid, Bell states and non-Abelian fractional quantum Hall excitations.
1. Xi Zhang, Wei Ren, Elliot Bell, Ziyan Zhu, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Efthimios Kaxiras, Mitchell Luskin, Ke Wang, Gate-tunable Veselago Interference in a Bipolar Graphene Microcavity, arXiv:2106.09651
2. Alex Hamill, Brett Heischmidt, Egon Sohn, Daniel Shaffer, Kan-Ting Tsai, Xi Zhang, Xiaoxiang Xi, Alexey Suslov, Helmuth Berger, László Forró, Fiona J. Burnell, Jie Shan, Kin Fai Mak, Rafael M. Fernandes, Ke Wang, Vlad S. Pribiag, Two-fold symmetric superconductivity in few-layer NbSe2, Nature. Physics. (2021)