Julian Ingham

Visiting Student

I’m a graduate student working in theoretical condensed matter physics, specialising in unconventional superconductivity and topological matter. My recent work is investigating the role disorder plays in the transport properties of topological materials, but I also work on several more long-standing research themes.

One key research direction lies in the study of kagome metals. Recent interest in quasi-two-dimensional metallic kagome systems, instigated with the study of Fe3Sn2, has undergone a crescendo with the discovery of the superconducting compounds AV3Sb5 (A=Rb,K,Cs), notable for the rich series of electronic phase transitions in the normal state above Tc. A number of interesting features of the AV3Sb5 family remain to be further explored: the materials appear to exhibit multiple superconducting phases as a function of doping and pressure, extreme sensitivity to applied strain and fields, and smectic ordering coexisting with quasi-one-dimensional excitations. Additionally, the materials are highly exfoliable and can be reduced to the few-layer limit. In parallel, an ongoing deluge of experiments continue to report the discovery of new kagome metals, including 166 compounds such as ScV6Sn6, and the titanium-based 135 family ATi3Bi5 (A=Cs,Rb), which as yet remain less thoroughly studied.

A second focus is on moiré heterostructures. By stacking two layers and aligning them with a relative twist, the resulting structure has a different periodicity to the individual layers, forming an effective lattice with a larger periodicity known as a moiré superlattice. The field of `twistronics' - the study of heterostructures of twisted two-dimensional materials - was initiated with the spectacular discovery of superconductivity and correlated insulators in magic angle twisted bilayer graphene, two layers of graphene twisted by an angle at which the bandwidth is drastically reduced. I am interested in studying the nature of correlated phases which appear in these systems as well as their response to various perturbations, such as proximity-induced spin-orbit coupling.

Online Talks:

“Quadratic Dirac fermions and the competition of ordered states in twisted bilayer graphene”, Virtual Science Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac6-U-aef4U.

“Excitonic order and the puzzle of time-reversal-symmetry in kagome metals“, Rice Quantum Matter Seminar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB1OOTYQuX0.

Selected publications:

"Chiral excitonic order from twofold van Hove singularities in kagome metals”, Nature Communications 14, 605 (2023).

“Quadratic Dirac fermions and the competition of ordered states in twisted bilayer graphene”, arXiv:2308.00748 [cond-mat.str-el].