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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist

Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist

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(p.65) 6 Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist
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Is the Universe a Hologram?
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Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Adolfo Plasencia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0006

In this dialogue, the physicist Pablo Jarillo-Herrero outlines his scientific career path, which started out in theoretical high-energy physics on a cosmological scale. Later he was drawn to experimental science and condensed material physics, which is his current area of research. He talks about his intense relationship with mathematics, only surpassed by his passion for physics, and their connection with experiment and reality—the first thing he looks for. Pablo goes on to reflect on how philosophers can help to bring a perspective to many issues related to quantum physics. He believes that physicists of today should be open to the possibility that what seems to be impossible may be possible. He moves on to discuss his current research with graphene and its two-dimensional ‘family’ of materials. This research also includes the quantum transport of electrons, topological insulators, and the ‘ultra-relativistic’ behavior of particles inside these materials; the finest materials to have ever or are ever likely to exist.

Keywords:   Quantum physics, Quantum electronic transport, Low-dimensional materials, Graphene, Topological insulators, Physics of condensed matter, Quantum mechanics, Microscopic determinism, Ultrarelativistic particles, Moore’s law

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