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Dopant atoms placed with atomic precision into tunable arrays using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy can be made to display electronic and photonic properties across a wide range of structures for 2D quantum metamaterials.  

The workshop will explore commonalities between fabrication, theoretical prediction, and alternative approaches to tunable quantum materials, including cold-atom realizations.

Theoretical efforts served by this new simulation platform include Hubbard model systems, design of 2D materials, and other exotic materials.

The workshop will be organized around:

  • all-invited talks by leading researchers
  • breakout sessions for discussions and future plan
  • published Workshop Summary Report

Goal: to develop a roadmap for practitioners and funders in this burgeoning field.

We invite interested parties as well as program managers from federal agencies to attend and lend their expertise and insights.



Please click here for the workshop flyer pdf


A Special Issue of the journal Scanning will be publishing papers from this workshop.


From the Call for Papers:

This special issue will publish high-quality manuscripts related to fabrication, experimental characterization, and theoretical modeling of tunable artificial quantum materials with a strong focus on real-space imaging of various quantum properties. Such quantum properties typically involve charge distributions, spontaneous order- ing and symmetry breaking phenomena, electron interference and quantum size effects, Mott-Hubbard transitions, probe-surface interactions, nanoscale magnetism, many-body condensates, and so on.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Atomic scale STM lithography on metal and semiconductor substrates
  • Imaging subsurface dopant atoms and controllable placement of dopant atoms into ordered structures using scanning probes
  • Self-assembled 2D structures and nanowire arrays designed by tuning the substrate miscut angle
  • Oxide heterostructures with tunable 2D electron gas
  • Controllable design of tunable 2D vdW heterostructures by means of controllable layer stacking and/or controllable interlayer intercalation
  • Bioinspired design methods incorporating, for example, tunable-length DNA fragments
  • Theoretical models and computer simulations of artificial quantum materials with emphasis on prediction (or interpretation) of scanning microscopy data
  • Advanced scanning probe instrumentation methods particularly useful for design and characterization of quantum metamaterials.


TU Delft

Accepted Speakers
Gabriel Aeppli PSI Subir Sachdev Harvard
Kaden Hazzard Rice University Sougato Bose UCL
Philip Phillips Univ. Illinois  Norbert Linke  Univ. Maryland
Jonathan Wyrick  NIST  Andrew Houck Princeton
Shashank Misra Sandia National Lab  Sander Otte
Enrico Prati IFN CRN, Milan, Italy
Cheng Chin Univ. Chicago

Organizing Committee

Chair: John N. Randall, Zyvex Labs
Joshua Ballard, Zyvex Labs, Wiley P. Kirk, UT Arlington, 3DET
James Owen, Zyvex Labs, Shashank Misra, Sandia National Labs
Richard M. Silver, NIST Ezra Bussmann, Sandia National Labs
Neil Zimmerman, NIST Clark Highstrete, Sandia National Labs


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The attendance for this workshop is free of charge, but because we have limited room in the venue we are using, we are asking individuals to apply to attend, saying something about their areas of interest and expertise relevant to this workshop, and how they could contribute to the workshop during discussions and break out sessions. We would also ask applicants to say what they or their institution hope to get out of attendance at this workshop.

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NOTE: Some people report a bug where it appears to be stuck processing after submission. Those submission are still coming through, a fix is in progress.

We will inform you of our decision on your application by October 31, 2017 or sooner.