Quantum Materials

Quantum materials have unusual magnetic and electrical properties that, if understood and controlled, could revolutionize virtually every aspect of society and enable highly energy-efficient electrical systems and faster, more accurate electronic devices.

Quantum materials include systems based on metals, oxides, and organics which and have a range of potential applications including magnetic field sensors, low-power memory modules, high-density storage devices, and quantum computers. Quantum materials are also important components of the infrastructure for energy-related technologies.

Quantum materials research at SNS and HFIR focuses on:

  • Designing and synthesizing energy-efficient, revolutionary new forms of matter that have specific, tailored properties.
  • Understanding and controlling complex, atomic- and subatomic-level interactions of magnetic and electrical properties in materials.
  • Understanding how complex phenomena emerge from simple ingredients.