Professor Gang Cao Research Group
Our research is driven by two interconnected thrusts -- Discovery of New Quantum Materials and Control of Novel Quantum States. It encompasses a methodical search for new quantum materials, especially new 4d- and 5d-electron based materials, and a systematic effort to elucidate and control novel quantum states in these materials. The diagram on the right illustrates our proven research protocol. Our group is equipped with (1) advanced techniques and comprehensive facilities to synthesize bulk single crystals of correlated and spin-orbit-coupled materials, and (2) a wide spectrum of tools for experimental studies of structural, transport, magnetic, thermal and dielectric properties as functions of chemical composition, temperature, magnetic field, pressure and, recently, electrical current. Measurements are often carried out at extreme conditions, i.e., ultralow temperatures, high magnetic fields and high pressures. We have also established broad collaborations with leading scientists in the US and around the world.