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University of Amsterdam
Institute of Physics - room C4.260
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 5746
Fax: +31 (0) 20 525 5778
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. "Atomic-scale strain manipulation of a charge density wave"
    Shang Gao, Felix Flicker, Raman Sankar, He Zhao, Zheng Ren, Bryan Rachmilowitz, Sidhika Balachandar, Fangcheng Chou, Kenneth S. Burch, Ziqiang Wang, Jasper van Wezel, and Ilija Zeljkovic
    PNAS, 115, 6986 (2018)

  2. "Electronic structure of the candidate 2D Dirac semimetal SrMnSb2: a combined experimental and theoretical study"
    S. V. Ramankutty, J. Henke, A. Schiphorst, R. Nutakki, S. Bron, G. Araizi-Kanoutas, S. K. Mishra, Lei Li, Y. K. Huang, T. K. Kim, M. Hoesch, C. Schlueter, T.-L. Lee, A. de Visser, Zhicheng Zhong, Jasper van Wezel, E. van Heumen, M. S. Golden
    SciPost Phys., 4, 010 (2018)

  3. "Elemental chalcogens as a minimal model for chiral charge and orbital order"
    Ana Silva, Jans Henke, and Jasper van Wezel
    Phys. Rev. B, 97, 045151 (2018)

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