quanTA: Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications
We live in an age of unprecedented technological innovation, ranging from powerful yet compact smartphones to medical diagnostic tools with impressive precision to artificial intelligence. Yet, a lack of next-generation materials threatens to drive this innovation to a halt.
quanTA, the Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications, at the University of Saskatchewan is bringing together experts from mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing, and other disciplines to work on all aspects of topological materials. These materials represent new yet robust phases of matter that offer incredible control over physical properties with minimal engineering. The theoretical prediction and discovery of these materials in nature led to none other than a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016.
Topology is the mathematical study of properties of an object that remain unchanged under continuous deformations. Under the correct conditions, topological materials exhibit an electrical conductivity that is protected under deformations of a certain surface, which can be thought of as the quantum shadow of the material.
One goal of our Centre is to understand the breakdown of topological protection of conductivity as ideal conditions are lost. Understanding this breakdown will allow us to discover a larger class of quantum materials that are deployable outside the lab. The potential applications including quantum computing, spintronic data storage devices, and energy-efficient thermoelectric convertors.
The problem at hand is at once mathematical, physical, chemical, and computational, involving theory, simulation, and eventually growth of materials. The work of quanTA is convergent science: we cross disciplinary lines to bring our collective expertise to bear on a single problem of fundamental importance to society at large.
Please explore this site to see who is involved, what we are working on, and the events we are hosting.
We are grateful to the University of Saskatchewan, the College of Arts & Sciences, Innovation Enterprise, and the Tri-Agency New Frontiers in Research Fund for supporting quanTA.