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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

High-Frequency Studies of Topological Insulators (TI’s) Including Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect (QAHE)


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Nanoscale Device Characterization Division

opportunity location
50.68.03.C0892 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Neil M. Zimmerman 301.975.5887


QAHE: The QAHE offers metrologists (those interested in the studies of standards) the possibility of a quantum standard of resistance at a value of h/e2.  This is a manifestation of the topological complexity of 2D materials such as magnetically-doped TI’s and twisted multilayer graphene.  NIST has ongoing efforts in this topic in fabrication, measurement and high-accuracy determination.  However, there are various real-world issues that limit the temperature regime and electrical behavior.  We predict that high-frequency studies of the limits of QAHE, in both the GHz and THz ranges, can help us elucidate the energy splittings and mechanisms for the issues, and thus to improve the QAHE performance.  TI:  More generally, the same high-frequency investigations should allow us to probe the fascinating and complex physics underlying the wide variety of TI’s, including the  strongly interacting phases.

Principal Investigators: Neil Zimmerman, Curt Richter, Nikolai Zhitenev

key words
topological insulator; quantum anomalous hall effect; high-frequency


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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