QMC Student Seminar Series – Jaafar Ansari

Fairfax, VA, October 17, 2019

Last week, the Quantum Materials Center (QMC) hosted their first student seminar that allows graduate students and postdocs to present their research to the members of the QMC for feedback and review. This seminar was the first in the QMC’s student speaker series. The experience allows students to gain valuable understanding on presenting and refining their research for future endeavors. The speaker at this seminar, Mr. Jaafar Ansari, is a graduate student who is pursuing a M.S in Computational Sciences and Informatics and is looking to continue into his doctoral studies in 2020. He works closely under Dr. Karen Sauer, a founding member of the QMC, to both assist her with research as well as continuing his own.  He presented his paper, “Using DFT to Determine NQR Frequencies”, to members and students of the center. The recently published paper for the same work presented can be found here.

Figure 1: Mr. Jaafar Ansari presenting his paper to members and students of the center at the student seminar hosted on October 10, 2019.

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New QMC Member – Dr. Igor Mazin

Fairfax, VA, October 16, 2019

After collaborating with the Quantum Materials Center (QMC) for more than a year, Dr. Igor Mazin joined the cohort of the QMC. He will begin his position as Professor of Practice in Advanced Studies in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at George Mason University (GMU) later this semester. His research interests lie in electronic structure, conventional and unconventional superconductors, frustrated and noncollinear magnetism, two-dimensional van-der-Waals systems, among others. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dr. Mazin received his Ph.D. at the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute in 1984. His research led him to work at the Naval Research Lab where he had been working for twenty years, having published 180 papers there, which have accumulated 15000 citations. He is best known for unraveling the nature of superconductivity in MgB2 and in Fe-based superconductors. For these works, he was awarded the prestigious John Bardeen Prize. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and on the editorial board of Physical Review X and of the Nature Partner Journal “Quantum Materials”. His drive adds to the dynamic environment of the QMC and he will be working alongside colleagues at GMU to work on Quantum Metamaterials.

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QMC Launch Event

Fairfax, VA, September 5, 2019

The Quantum Materials Center (QMC) recently held a Launch Event and Poster Session. Established as one of two new Transdisciplinary Centers for Advanced Study supported by the Provost Office of Research, the QMC merges the expertise of GMU scientists from the physics, engineering, and data science departments to develop a unified approach to materials discovery and exploration for the realization of quantum electronics technologies that outperform the present state-of-the-art. This launch event was intended to connect members and students of the center and to promote interdisciplinary communication. Over 6 faculty members and 20 students from across the Physics, Math, and Engineering departments attended the event.

Figure 1: One of the topics presented was “Using DFT to Determine NQR Frequencies”, both written and explained by Jaafar Ansari (with assistance from QMC Founding Member, Dr. Karen Sauer). Jaafar Ansari has then gone on to present his paper to the entire QMC on October 10th as part of the center’s student speaker series.
Figure 2: Another topic presented was the “Evolution of Raman spectra in MO1-xWxTe2 alloys”. This was presented by Sean M. Oliver, who was also an important author of the paper. Sean Oliver is a Ph.D. student who conducts research alongside the QMC Director, Dr. Patrick Vora.


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