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Affiliates – Jian Liu

Prof. Jian Liu
[email protected]

Associated Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Research focus: Quantum Materials, e.g. synthesis, molecular quantum systems, 2D materials, quantum magnetism, strongly correlated electron systems, Quantum Control and Measurement, e.g. spectroscopy, out of equilibrium quantum measurement and sensing, transport, and devices. 



I received my PhD in 2012 from University of Arkansas. I was an Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellow at the Berkeley during the time. I went to University of California- Berkeley as a postdoctoral physicist fellow from 2012 to 2015. I joined University of Tennessee in 2015. I am a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR YIP Award, and the Chancellor’s Honors for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement.

Research Description

Our research goal is to develop and investigate novel quantum crystals and interfaces that propel the fundamental understanding on emergent quantum phenomena and deliver innovative concepts/routes for quantum technologies.

Recent research

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Berry phase is a key concept that shows a quantum particle is described by a wave function instead of probability density. It is considered as a property of noninteracting electrons. We found that correlated electrons can exhibit Berry phase-driven transport in a 2D Mott insulator.