Since the discovery of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, researchers have realized that atomically-thin materials could be isolated and re-assembled on top of one another to develop novel artificial quantum materials. During her PhD in Physics at MIT, Dahlia Klein was part of the first team to discover two-dimensional magnets, giving rise to a new class of few-layer crystals in condensed matter physics.
For her postdoc in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Dr. Klein is further studying 2D quantum materials, using the unique measurement capabilities of carbon nanotube-based single-electron transistors developed at Weizmann. Experiments with these extremely sensitive electronic sensors will resolve open questions regarding the rich physics hidden in twisted stacks of 2D crystals, called moiré systems. These studies will deepen our understanding of the unexpected quantum states in these systems and may lead to the discovery of fundamentally new states of quantum matter.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Klein has worked with the Museum of Science in Boston to develop hands-on demonstrations of moiré patterns in 2D materials. She looks forward to bridging the American and Israeli scientific communities and facilitating a lasting relationship with the Israeli condensed matter physics community.