Quantum phenomena in materials


The second research topic focuses on the physics of quantum phenomena that take place in materials, such as optical luminescence, effective magnetic interactions, magneto-elastic and magneto-electric couplings, electronic and spin transport, magnetic excitations, etc.
Our research activity is focused on three main research lines:

  • linear and non-linear optical properties of bulk materials and nanostructures;
  • electronic and magnetic properties of low-dimensional systems;
  • the modelling of spin transport in magnetic heterostructures.



Van der Waals epitaxy of Weyl-semimetal Td-WTe2

Alexandre Llopez, Frédéric Leroy, Calvin Tagne-Kaegom, Boris Croes, Adrien Michon, Chiara Mastropasqua, Mohamed Al Khalfioui, Stefano Curiotto, Pierre Müller, Andrés Saúl, Bertrand Kierren, Geoffroy Kremer, Patrick Le Fèvre, François Bertran, Yannick Fagot-Revurat, Fabien Cheynis

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 16:20878-20885 (2024)10.1021/acsami.4c00676

Magnetic structure of a multiferroic compound: Cu$_2$OCl$_2$

Julien Lévêque, Elisa Rebolini, Andrés Saúl, Marie-Bernadette Lepetit

Faraday Discussions (2024)10.1039/D4FD00042K


Electrical monitoring of organic crystal phase transition using MoS2 field effect transistor

Ilan Boulet, Simon Pascal, F. Bedu, Igor Ozerov, Alain Ranguis, Thomas Leoni, Conrad Becker, Laurence Masson, Aleksandar Matkovic, Christian Teichert, Olivier Siri, Claudio Attaccalite, Jean-Roch Huntzinger, Matthieu Paillet, Ahmed-Azmi Zahab, Romain Parret

Nanoscale Advances 5:1681-1690 (2023)10.1039/d2na00817c

Spin-orbit torque for field-free switching in C 3 v crystals

Diego García Ovalle, Armando Pezo, Aurélien Manchon

Physical Review B 107:094422 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.107.094422

Calculation of dislocation binding to helium-vacancy defects in tungsten using hybrid ab initio-machine learning methods

Petr Grigorev, Alexandra Goryaeva, Mihai-Cosmin Marinica, James Kermode, Thomas Swinburne

Acta Materialia 247:118734 (2023)10.1016/j.actamat.2023.118734

Pseudo electric field and pumping valley current in graphene nanobubbles

Naif Hadadi, Adel Belayadi, Ahmed Alrabiah, Ousmane Ly, Collins Ashu Akosa, Michael Vogl, Hocine Bahlouli, Aurelien Manchon, Adel Abbout

Physical Review B 108:195418 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.108.195418

First-principles study of luminescence in hexagonal boron nitride single layer: exciton-phonon coupling and the role of substrate

Pierre Lechifflart, Fulvio Paleari, Davide Sangalli, Claudio Attaccalite

Physical Review Materials 7:024006 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.7.024006

Orbital Hall physics in two-dimensional Dirac materials

Armando Pezo, Diego García Ovalle, Aurélien Manchon

Physical Review B 108:075427 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.108.075427

Coherent description of the magnetic properties of SeCuO3 versus temperature and magnetic field

Xavier Rocquefelte, Mirta Herak, Atsushi Miyake, William Lafargue-Dit-Hauret, Helmuth Berger, Masashi Tokunaga, Andres Saúl

Physical Review B 107:054407 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.107.054407

Exciton-Exciton transitions involving strongly bound Frenkel excitons: an ab initio approach

D. Sangalli, M. d'Alessandro, Claudio Attaccalite

Physical Review B 107:205203 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.107.205203

ZnSe and ZnTe as tunnel barriers for Fe-based spin valves

Gokaran Shukla, Hasan M Abdullah, Avijeet Ray, Shubham Tyagi, Aurélien Manchon, Stefano Sanvito, Udo Schwingenschlögl

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 25:13533-13541 (2023)10.1039/D3CP00833A

Pressure Dependence of Electronic, Vibrational and Optical Properties of wurtzite-Boron Nitride

Martino Silvetti, Claudio Attaccalite, Elena Cannuccia

Physical Review Materials 7:055201 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.7.055201

Visualizing screening in noble-metal clusters: static vs. dynamic

Rajarshi Sinha-Roy, Pablo García-González, Xóchitl López-Lozano, Hans-Christian Weissker

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 25:2075-2083 (2023)10.1039/D2CP04316E

Magnetoelastic interactions in SrCu2(BO3)2 studied by Raman scattering experiments and first principles calculations

K. Thirunavukkuarasu, G. Radtke, Z. Lu, M. Lazzeri, P. Christianen, M. Ballottin, H. Dabkowska, B. Gaulin, D. Smirnov, M. Jaime, A. Saúl

Physical Review B 107:064410 (2023)10.1103/PhysRevB.107.064410

Topological Phases in Magnonics

Fengjun Zhuo, Jian Kang, Aurélien Manchon, Zhenxiang Cheng

Advanced Physics Research (2023)10.1002/apxr.202300054


Interlayer and intralayer excitons in AlN/WS$_2$ heterostructure

Claudio Attaccalite, M. S. Prete, M. Palummo, O. Pulci

Materials 15:8318 (2022)10.3390/ma15238318

Rashba-like physics in condensed matter

Gustav Bihlmayer, Paul Noël, Denis Vyalikh, Evgueni Chulkov, Aurélien Manchon

Nature Reviews Physics 4:642-659 (2022)10.1038/s42254-022-00490-y

Topological aspects of antiferromagnets

V Bonbien, Fengjun Zhuo, A Salimath, O Ly, A Abbout, A Manchon

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 55:103002 (2022)10.1088/1361-6463/ac28fa

Ab Initio Study of Graphene/hBN Van der Waals Heterostructures: Effect of Electric Field, Twist Angles and p-n Doping on the Electronic Properties

Simone Brozzesi, Claudio Attaccalite, Francesco Buonocore, Giacomo Giorgi, Maurizia Palummo, Olivia Pulci

Nanomaterials 12:2118 (2022)10.3390/nano12122118

Nonlinear optical response of ferroelectric oxides: First-principles calculations within the time and frequency domains

Christof Dues, Marius J Müller, Sangam Chatterjee, Claudio Attaccalite, Simone Sanna

Physical Review Materials 6:065202 (2022)10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.6.065202

Optically Triggered Néel Vector Manipulation of a Metallic Antiferromagnet Mn2Au under Strain

Vladimir Grigorev, Mariia Filianina, Yaryna Lytvynenko, Sergei Sobolev, Amrit Raj Pokharel, Amon Lanz, Alexey Sapozhnik, Stanisalv Bodnar, Armin Kleibert, Petr Grigorev, Yurii Skourski, Mathias Kläui, Hans-Joachim Elmers, Martin Jourdan, Jure Demsar

ACS Nano (2022)10.1021/acsnano.2c07453

Unified formulation of interfacial magnonic pumping from noncollinear magnets

Virgile Guemard, Aurelien Manchon

Physical Review B 105:054433 (2022)10.1103/PhysRevB.105.054433

Excitons under strain: light absorption and emission in strained hexagonal boron nitride

Pierre Lechifflart, Fulvio Paleari, Claudio Attaccalite

SciPost Physics 12:145 (2022)10.21468/SciPostPhys.12.5.145

Unconventional Spin Pumping and Magnetic Damping in an Insulating Compensated Ferrimagnet

Yan Li, Dongxing Zheng, Bin Fang, Chen Liu, Chenhui Zhang, Aitian Chen, Yinchang Ma, Ka Shen, Haoliang Liu, Aurelien Manchon, Xixiang Zhang

Advanced Materials 34:2200019 (2022)10.1002/adma.202200019

Current-induced self-switching of perpendicular magnetization in CoPt single layer

Liang Liu, Chenghang Zhou, Tieyang Zhao, Bingqing Yao, Jing Zhou, Xinyu Shu, Shaohai Chen, Shu Shi, Shibo Xi, Da Lan, Weinan Lin, Qidong Xie, Lizhu Ren, Zhaoyang Luo, Chao Sun, Ping Yang, Er-Jia Guo, Zhili Dong, Aurelien Manchon, Jingsheng Chen

Nature Communications 13:3539 (2022)10.1038/s41467-022-31167-w

Orbital Hall effect in crystals: Interatomic versus intra-atomic contributions

Armando Pezo, Diego García Ovalle, Aurélien Manchon

Physical Review B 106:104414 (2022)10.1103/PhysRevB.106.104414

Imaging current control of magnetization in Fe 3 GeTe 2 with a widefield nitrogen-vacancy microscope

Islay O Robertson, Cheng Tan, Sam C Scholten, Alexander J Healey, Gabriel J Abrahams, Guolin Zheng, Aurélien Manchon, Lan Wang, Jean-Philippe Tetienne

2D Materials 10:015023 (2022)10.1088/2053-1583/acab73

Rashba–Edelstein Effect in the h‐BN Van Der Waals Interface for Magnetization Switching

Qidong Xie, Weinan Lin, Jinghua Liang, Hengan Zhou, Moaz Waqar, Ming Lin, Siew Lang Teo, Hao Chen, Xiufang Lu, Xinyu Shu, Liang Liu, Shaohai Chen, Chenghang Zhou, Jianwei Chai, Ping Yang, Kian Ping Loh, John Wang, Wanjun Jiang, Aurelien Manchon, Hongxin Yang, Jingsheng Chen

Advanced Materials 34:2109449 (2022)10.1002/adma.202109449

High-efficiency magnon-mediated magnetization switching in all-oxide heterostructures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Dongxing Zheng, Jin Lan, Bin Fang, Yan D Li, Chen Liu, J. Omar Ledesma-Martin, Yan Wen, Peng Li, Chenhui Zhang, Yinchang Ma, Ziqiang Qiu, Kai Liu, Aurelien Manchon, Xixiang Zhang

Advanced Materials 34:2203038 (2022)10.1002/adma.202203038