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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Thursday, December 15, 2016
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics, Room PB-121

Matthias Geilhufe, a Research Scientist, Nordita, Sweden

3-Dimensional Organic Dirac Materials From a Data Mining Approach

The study of Dirac materials, i.e., materials where the low-energy fermionic excitations behave as massless Dirac particles has been of ongoing interest for more than two decades. Such massless Dirac fermions are characterized by a linear dispersion relation with respect to the particle momentum. To identify Dirac materials in the class of 3-dimensional organic crystals we build up an organic materials database (OMDB) and apply methods of data mining. Post-processing of the obtained materials by means of group theory leads to topologically protected crossings which can be identified in different space groups. During the talk I will introduce the organic materials database and present it's potential for applications in various fields of condensed matter physics. As an example I concentrate on the search for Dirac materials, show particular examples and explain the topological protection of the found Dirac crossings.


Dawn Rawlinson, 486-4916,

Physics Department (primary)

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