Rafael M. Fernandes

Physics and Astronomy
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

Award Year
2023
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Section A

, Location 15

The secret life of electrons in quantum materials

Quantum materials host a rich landscape of fascinating electronic phases of matter, whose unique properties offer promising opportunities for technological applications. They are enabled by the often-exotic collective behavior of the electrons inside these materials, subjected to the intricate laws of quantum physics. Rafael Fernandes’ research has provided a window on this secret life of electrons, shedding new light on how they conspire to realize unusual quantum phases, most notably quantum analogs of liquid crystals.