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University of Amsterdam
Institute of Physics
Postbus 94485
1090 GL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Science Park 904
room C4.265

Email: physics@jvanwezel.com

I am an associate professor in Condensed Matter Theory at the University of Amsterdam.
I do research in theoretical condensed matter physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) within the Institute of Physics.

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Recent Highlights


Recent Publications

Excitonium discovered in real material

Excitons are pairs of electrons and holes inside a solid material that together behave like a single particle. It has long been suspected that when many such excitons exist in the same piece of matter, they can form a new state of matter, called excitonium. This new phase is essentially a single giant quantum state of excitons, called a Bose-Einstein condensate. If that state does exist, it is expected to hold important clues to the understanding of many other mysterious phases of matter, including even high-termperature superconductivity. However, observing an exciton condensate in any real material has remained a much sought-after goal of condensed matter physicists for decades. In a recent experiment, we now finally prove that this elusive state of matter really does exist.
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Highlight Picture   Finding all possible topological insulators in crystals

Topology has over the past decade or so developed into a central organising principle in the characterisation of phases of matter. While all topological phases of fermions in free space have been fully worked out, taking into account what happens in real-life materials that have additional crystal symmetries remains an active field of research. We recently took a step forwards in this area, by developing a complete classification of all possible crystalline topological insulators, in any dimension, in the presence of only lattice symmetries.

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Spirals of electron density

Spirals are an intriguing shape to find in the natural world because of their inherent handedness – turning either to the left or right as you move along them. The recent discovery that electrons within a solid material can spontaneously form into a corkscrew shape was an unexpected example of a spiral emerging in physics. The surprisingly straightforward explanation for this phenomenon has recently attracted some attention in the popular science media.
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  1. "The topological invariants of rotationally symmetric crystals"
    Jans Henke, Mert Kurttutan, Jorrit Kruthoff, and Jasper van Wezel
    arXiv, 2107.03222 (2021)

  2. "The inconsistency of linear dynamics and Born's rule"
    Lotte Mertens, Matthijs Wesseling, Niels Vercauteren, Alonso Corrales-Salazar, and Jasper van Wezel
    arXiv, 2106.10136 (2021)

  3. "Observation of orbital order in the Van der Waals material 1T-TiSe2"
    Yingying Peng, Xuefei Guo, Qian Xiao, Qizhi Li, Jörg Strempfer, Yongseong Choi, Dong Yan, Huixia Luo, Yuqing Huang, Shuang Jia, Oleg Janson, Peter Abbamonte, Jeroen van den Brink, Jasper van Wezel
    arXiv, 2105.13195 (2021)

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