This is a blog about physics. Really, it’s a blog about a particular type of physics – how quantum mechanics makes the everyday world around us work. I’ll write posts about the general themes and ideas that are already used in technology, some of the cutting-edge research that might allow new inventions to be made, and some of the nitty-gritty details about quantum mechanics. I may also throw in something about science policy and the world of academia from time to time as well.
Why the name? It’s a reference to Erwin Schrödinger’s famous feline.
I am an assistant professor at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stockholm, Sweden. Most of my work is on two-dimensional materials, including graphene but also many others. I try to calculate how electrons behave in these materials, and how this might be applied to make new devices or improve existing ones. Recently I’ve also started working on an area called ‘strongly correlated materials’, where the interactions between electrons are so strong that they fundamentally change the properties of the materials.